Pohatu Marine Reserve is centred on Flea Bay, on the south-east side of Banks Peninsula. The area is home to a massive array of wildlife, fish, mammals and birds.
At Pohatu you can find:
-Mussels/kutai, limpets/ngakihi, chiton, sea tulips/kaeo, whelks, crabs/papaka, catseyes, barnacles/koromaungaunga, periwinkles/ngaeti, tubeworms, brown, red and green seaweed are found on the sandy beach and on the rocky shore platforms.
-Hoiho (the endangered yellow eyed penguin) and korora breed in the reserve. Other birds found along the shore include the shag/kawau and the gull/tara.
-Hector's dolphins are frequent summer visitors and fur seals haul out on the shore platforms.
-There are many birds dependent on the sea around here for food, including titi (fairy prions), and tara (terns).
In the water, you will see a variety of fish such as triplefins, lumpfish, moki, butterfish/marari, spotties, banded wrasse, blue cod/rawaru, leather jackets/kokiri, lobsters, paua and rockfish/taumaka.