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Face of lingfin eel source: NIWA

Face of lingfin eel source: NIWA

Longfin eel (top) and shortfin eel source: NIWA

Longfin eel (top) and shortfin eel source: NIWA

The Longfin eel source: NIWA

The Longfin eel source: NIWA

The longfin eel that Don jellyman is holding was 1.5 m long and weighed 14 kg. It was caught from a tributary of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) in March 2010, and was returned unharmed back to the river. Source NIWA

The longfin eel that Don jellyman is holding was m long and weighed 14 kg. It was caught from a tributary of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) in March and was returned unharmed back to the river.

Longfin eel; photo by Steve Moore

photo by Steve Moore

New Zealand longfin eel

New Zealand’s large, slow-growing longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachia) are on a “slow path to extinction,” according to an April report by the parliamentary commissioner for the …

Close up of Longfin eel, Lake Pounui, Wairarapa. Photo: David Kelly.

Close up of Longfin eel, Lake Pounui, Wairarapa