IntroductionMāui dolphins are one of the rarest and smallest dolphins in the world. They are only found on the west coast of the North Island in New Zealand.
Population estimate: Between 48 and 64 dolphins older than 1 year.
Conservation status: Nationally critical.
Found: West coast of the North Island from Maunganui Bluff to Whanganui.
Threats: Fishing, toxoplasmosis and other diseases, oil and gas exploration, boat strike, mining, tourism, noise.
Size: Adult dolphins are about 1.5 m in length.
- Māui dolphins have a distinctive rounded dorsal fin that looks like one of Mickey Mouse’s ears.
- Their bodies are grey with black and white markings.
- They look the same as Hector’s dolphin.