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Blue cod are endemic to New Zealand.

Life in the Sea

Exploring New Zealand’s marine environments

New Zealand scientists use a range of methods to learn about life in the sea around us. How do our marine organisms interact, and how do we affect them?

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Life in the Sea.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Life in the Sea.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

Collections | Connections | Context overview (PDF 64 kB)


    Marine habitats

    New Zealand’s marine environment is incredibly diverse and made up of a large number of habitats. Important marine habitats are found in estuaries, fiords and on the continental shelf.

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    Tagging sea stars

    Dr Miles Lamare recently tested a new electronic tagging technique to investigate the behaviour of Coscinasterias muricata, the New Zealand sea star.

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    Adaptations of marine organisms

    Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to living in a particular habitat. Marine organisms have adapted to a great diversity of habitats and...

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    Dr Candida Savage

    Dr Candida Savage is a lecturer in the Marine Science Department at the University of Otago. Her research focuses on human impacts in coastal ecosystems.

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Marine ecosystem

Explore this interactive diagram to learn more about life in the sea. Click on the...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Life in...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Life in the Sea, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Life in the Sea. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Life in the...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. Fishing is a very important industry in New Zealand, and we have one of the largest territorial waters in the world. This timeline provides...

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Life in the...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Life in the Sea – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Life in the Sea.

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