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What is an apex predator?

Who are the kings and queens of the sea? These amazing animals have made it to the top of the food chain.
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What is an apex predator?

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Apex predator


An animal which no other creatures eat, meaning it is at the top of the food chain/web.

Moray eel


A fish that looks like an eel. It spends most of its time hidden in caves and rock crevices at the bottom of the ocean, with only its head stuck out. It usually comes out at night, and eats things like fish, octupuses, squid, and crabs.

Bronze whaler


A type of shark which is also called the copper shark or narrowtooth shark and is found in warmer waters.

Loggerhead turtle


A sea turtle with a reddish-brown shell and a very large head which lives mostly in warm seas. It is an endangered species, which means it is a type of turtle that is in danger of dying out if we are not careful.



Marlin, or takaketonga in Māori, are a large fish which lives in warm seas, and which many fishermen catch for sport. It has a streamlined body and a long, pointed, snout or bill.

Great white shark


A great white shark, or mangō taniwha in Māori is a large shark that lives in warm seas. The great white is known for its size, and can grow up to 6.1 metres in length. It became famous as the shark in the movie ‘Jaws,’ but it doesn’t naturally eat humans. It is more likely to snack on fish, dolphins, seals, and sea turtles instead.

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