Whakamarama kids explore the stream in Puketoki Reserve

We managed to catch one eel in the net we set the night before and one koura (freshwater crayfish) in the minnow (fish trap). We still haven’t found any native fish in this stream…we will keep trying! The kids all enjoyed stroking the eel and sharing with one another on “how to identify a long fin eel”, such as wrinkly skin, top fin longer than the bottom and usually larger.
We released the eel at the top of a smooth bank and all enjoyed watching the way the eel slithered its way down to the water.

The kids then made two Tau koura “traps” and put these in the stream. They are made using a brick then poking loads of old ferns into the holes and tying the brick to the bank. We hope that next time we check it, it might have a few koura (freshwater crayfish) hiding inside it for us to check out.

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