now as a great deal of new zealand's more impressive biology (since humans arrived anyway) lived in the water the auckland museum greets you to their natural history hall with a rather impressive model reef.
they of course also had a great white shark statue. you think i'd be used to seeing them by now what with the one at te papa (which is the exact same... if you don't believe me check it out for yourself!) and that mega megalodon at puke ariki. yet this one still startled me...
they also had a cool swordfish. though i couldn't help feel i'd seen it before as it too also looked like one i'd seen at te papa (again check it out if you doubt me...).
closing off the ocean hall and marking your entry into the rest of the natural history hall was a small baleen whale skeleton.
despite there not really being any around auckland they have an albatross. ours at the otago make a bit more sense as there's albatross within a 45 minute drive of the museum.
further down was a more senseical birds of new zealand, many of which can be found around auckland.
well okay and some more that are not like these, the birds of the southren alps display.
it wasn't too bad a natural history gallery overall. i guess after seeing so many over the quest, and this (hopefully) being my last i guess i was just hard to impress at the moment.
fortunately there was more to the gallery around the corner. the next section would bring a smile to my face... that is if i had lips or the capability of smiling anyways.