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NIWA Southern Oceans Discovery

In The NIWA Southern Oceans Discovery Zone you can marvel at New Zealand’s only live Jelly Fish display and discover our massive Giant Squid on display.

Learn about the Southern Ocean and how it is covered with ice and has a sea temperature of just 2 degrees, that's cold!

The Southern Ocean is unique in that its largest boundary doesn't encounter a land mass, but instead merges into the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Its exact boundaries are subject to much discussion and dispute, but one thing is for certain - no matter where its boundaries are drawn, the Southern Ocean supports a huge variety of incredible marine life, some of which is yet to be discovered by humans.

Check out some of the animals below that call this extreme environment home.

Jellyfish: Simple marine creatures which have existed for millions of years
Southern Spider Crab: A large crab often sighted in the waters around Auckland
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