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slimy THE EEL . I am New Zealand's Top Native Predator By Daniel Makowem . Here is a family portrait What do you think?. That is me in the front. ??????????????????????. Am I a FISH or Could I be a SNAKE ? I think I am a snake!. Noooooo … I AM A FISH!!!!!! .

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Slimy the eel

slimy THE EEL

I am New Zealand's Top Native Predator

By Daniel Makowem

Here is a family portrait what do you think

Here is a family portrait What do you think?

That is me in the front

Slimy the eel


Am I a FISH or

Could I be a SNAKE ?

I think I am a snake!

Noooooo i am a fish

Noooooo… I AM A FISH!!!!!!

  • Common Name:Long Fin Eel

  • Family Name:Fish (Pisces)

  • Scientific Name:Anguilla dieffenbachii

Life cycle larvae

Life CycleLarvae

  • I hatched from an egg.

  • I floated on a current towards New Zealand in the ocean for 18 months.

  • I was 1mm long and weighed nothing.

Life cycle glass eel

Life Cycle Glass Eel

  • I floated to Wellington harbour.

  • I changed shape and became transparent.

  • I was about 5cm long.

  • I made my way into the Hutt River mouth and started my journey upstream to find my home.

Life cycle elver

Life CycleElver

  • Wow, I changed to an Eel colour.

  • My head got bigger and rounder.

  • At night I swam further upstream with my friends.

  • I had to climb up waterfalls.

  • I was able to stick to rocks.

Life cycle adult eel

Life Cycle Adult Eel

  • I am 15 years old – I am an adult :

    • I am snakelike and tubular.

    • I am darkish grey with a white belly.

    • I am slimy and smooth to touch…..yuk !!!

    • I have a fin along my back.

    • I can grow up to 2m long and weigh 30kg.

Summary of my amazing life cycle

Summary of My Amazing Life Cycle

I live just over ½ my life in fresh water and the rest in the ocean!

Why are we so cool

Why are we so COOL?

  • We look like snakes but we are fish!

  • We spawn in secret!

  • We are swimmers but can climb up waterfalls!

  • We hunt with our sense of smell!

More reasons

More Reasons....

  • We are secretive-that’s because we hide during the day and hunt at night.

  • We have over 100 vertebrae so our bodies are flexible.

  • We can stretch our bodies into small holes and attack.

  • We can slither across the land and dig in sand.

One more reason

One More Reason….

  • We can swim backwards and forwards.

Food chain comparison

Food Chain – Comparison



  • Bottom of the food chain.

  • Predator -larger eel

  • Eat dead baby eels, ants, crabs, insects

  • The top of the food chain

  • Predator - humans

  • Eat fish, crabs, ducks, snails

Habitat my home

Habitat – My Home

  • I have a really good habitat

  • I camouflage myself in murky water

  • I hide under rocks

  • I live in the Horokiri stream at Battle Hill farm (a boy called Daniel came to study meand took this photo)

My migration april 2025

My Migration – April 2025

  • Physical changes.

  • Horokiri Stream into Hutt River into Ocean.

  • 100 Days

  • Fertilise eggs and then die.

Protect me please


Human kids protesting against commercial Long Fin Eel fishing outside Massey University



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