Rare footage of crayfish spawning captured off the Wellington coast video

Rob Wilson/Ghostfishing New Zealand

A team of divers spotted the spawning crayfish on the edge of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve reef. The female crayfish march to the edge of the reef to spawn their eggs into the current.

 Some amazing things are going on in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve of Wellington's south coast.

Over the weekend, a small team of divers from Niwa and Ghost Fishing NZ were treated to a rare sight – hordes of female crayfish marching to the edge of the reef to release their eggs into the current.

Ghost Fishing NZ project manager Rob Wilson spotted the spawning crayfish during a previous dive on the edge of the reef and decided to go back and get it on camera.

Deepwater spawning of female crayfish in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Females on the edge of the reserve release ...
SERENA COX/NIWA

Deepwater spawning of female crayfish in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Females on the edge of the reserve release their eggs into the current.

Alongside an "awesome crew" made up of Niwa scientist Serena Cox and technical divers Rob Edward and Franz Ombler, Wilson ventured out into the reserve by sea scooter.

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"I was amazed to see just how many there were," Wilson said.

Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington's city centre.
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington's city centre.

Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington's city centre.

 

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