Stories about Māui dolphins: NZ Marine Mammals

Introduction

Watch videos and check out the latest news articles about Māui dolphin and DOC's work with these marine mammals.

Videos

Māui dolphin: A Treasure of the Sea

This educational video was created as part of a student project on Māui dolphin awareness. It’s aim is to educate the public about the dolphin and the importance of reporting sightings and incorporates the views of the Raglan community on the Māui dolphin.

Created by Jessica Caccioppoli, Lindsay Gotts, Lukas Hunker, and Gaetano Scuderi from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.   

Māui dolphin spotted in Raglan

After a day of fishing, Tracey Cooper caught these four Māui dolphins on video while they were swimming of his boat’s bow off the coast of Raglan. Māui dolphins are a rare sight, as only about 55 of them are left.

This sighting occurred on 11 March 2012, the day after Raglan’s Māui dolphin day!

Note: this video has no sound.

2012 Māui dolphin survey

These Māui dolphins were seen during a Department of Conservation (DOC) survey in March 2012. The dolphins were sighted off the West Coast of the North Island between Raglan and the Manukau Heads.

Alongshore surveys help us to understand more about the species. The surveys provide information on the distribution of dolphins within their known range. We can also determine how successfully the dolphins are breeding based on the presence or absence of juvenile within the pods.

Video captured by Stephanie Watts, DOC Marine Ranger, Auckland.

Surfing with Māui dolphins

Video of Māui dolphins sharing the waves with surfers at Muriwai Beach, Auckland.

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