Hector

Hector's dolphin and calf

One of the smallest marine dolphins in the world, Hector’s dolphins grow no more than 1.5 m in length.

Only found in New Zealand’s waters, this distinctive grey dolphin with black and white markings and a round dorsal fin is the most easily recognised species of dolphin in New Zealand.

Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are known to Māori by other names, including tutumairekurai, aihe, papakanua, upokohue, tukuperu, tūpoupou, pahu, pōpoto and hopuhopu.

 
 

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Contacts

Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House
Phone:      +64 4 471 0726
Email:   Enquiries@doc.govt.nz
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Email: marine@doc.govt.nz 

To report whale or dolphin strandings phone the DOC HOTline 24 hour emergency number:

0800 DOCHOT (0800 362 468)

In the North Island, immediately report any Hector’s/Maui’s dolphin sightings south of Awakino (near the Taranaki – Waikato boundary) and on the East Coast.