IntroductionHector’s dolphins are one of the world’s smallest dolphins. They are mostly found around the coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
Population: About 15,000 individuals older than 1 year.
Conservation status: Nationally vulnerable.
Found: Around the South Island of New Zealand, with some individuals recorded around the North Island.
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.
- Hector’s 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 Māui dolphin.