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Tuatara, a Singular, New Zealand Reptile

Meet the tuatara, a rare New Zealand reptile that scientists have dubbed a ‘living fossil.’ Researchers have found that it evolves at lightning speed but is also being biologically representative of long extinct species. The reptiles’ eggs are incubated in the ground for over a year, and these animals routinely grow to be 16 inches long of the course of their 100 year lifespan.
The New York Times ran an excellent article on the tuatara last month, but if you’re seeing one in person, you’ll have to make the trip to New Zealand. Guests on our New Zealand cruise will have a chance of seeing in the wild on our afternoon excursion out of Wellington to the ‘Zealandia’ sanctuary.