In stunning blues, this cute little Inanga pendant is an ode to the popular, and at-risk, native Inanga (Galaxias maculatus) fish. More commonly known as whitebait.
Inanga have distinctive silvery bellies and speckles. Hence the name of this silvery speckled pounamu is Inanga.
Inanga are a fascinating wee fish. A few days before a full and new moon from February to May Inanga migrate downstream to the place where freshwater meets seawater coming upstream. They congregate here, waiting for a very high, spring tide so that they can work their way up the bank and lay their eggs in the vegetation.
Here the eggs sit and develop until the next Marama Hua (full moon) brings another spring tide allowing the eggs to hatch and be carried downstream.
They spend the next months at sea before they migrate upstream as whitebait and grow into adult fish. And the cycle begins again.
A simple little pendant made from polished offcuts. No piece of pounamu is ever wasted.
- One of a kind taonga by Timoti
- Inangan pounamu from Te Tai Poutini
- 52mm length x 16mm width
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