With fewer than 100 left in the wild, this New Zealand treasure needs all our help to survive.

Population: 48-69
Threat status: critically endangered
Found in:
coastal waters of New Zealand's West Coast North Island

Did you know:

  • Māui dolphin are a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin, the world’s smallest dolphin. 
  • they are also some of the rarest dolphins in the world.
  • they can only be found on the West Coast of the North Island.

Call DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) if you see:

  • seals severely injured, entangled, or being harassed by people or dogs
  • whale or dolphin strandings
  • sick or injured wildlife.
  • Hector’s/Māui dolphin sightings in the North Island, south of Awakino (near the Taranaki – Waikato boundary) and on the East Coast. Report these sightings immediately.

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