In which Miles feeds the tame longfin eels in Collingwood.
Eel feeding is advertised on photocopied signs in the Collingwood office of the company that does the Farewell Spit Eco Tours. Shows can be arranged, or you can feed the eels yourself. Food is provided for a $2 donation.
A sign directs you up the right driveway. The flag would seem to indicate that the eel rustlers are expats from Texas. I parked in front of several cages that are home to a number of birds, parakeets and lovebirds I think. A nice kitty greeted me, accepted lots of pets, then disappeared. A pair of turtles live near where the food is collected and donations left.
The eels live in a pond with some interesting decorations. Longfin eels are a protected species in New Zealand. I don’t know whether this means that the owners of these eels need any special permission or not.
I was mostly interested in seeing these things move. I didn’t take many pictures, but I shot a lot of movies, and I’ve shared three with you below. Enjoy!