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2008-07-09 18:00:19

THE Department of Conservation is calling for submissions on its proposal to establish two marine mammal sanctuaries in Southland. The new marine mammal sanctuaries are in areas where dolphins are known to range -- Porpoise Bay-Fortrose on the Catlins coast, and Te Wae Wae Bay on the south coast. Acting Conservation Minister Mahara Okeroa said mining and acoustic seismic surveying restrictions would apply in the sanctuaries, increasing the protection of the dolphins. The measures...

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2008-03-19 00:10:00

The New Zealand government issued fresh calls Wednesday for the banning of certain types of trawler nets, following the deaths last December of 22 dolphins that were killed in the nets.   The government wants to prohibit use of the nets within the Maui's dolphin's habitat, which includes the area along the western coast of New Zealand's north island.According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Maui's dolphins are in dire need of protection from set nets and trawler nets if they are...


Latest Hector's Dolphin Reference Libraries

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2006-07-30 14:03:32

Hector's Dolphin or White-headed Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori) is the most well known of the four dolphins in the genus Cephalorhynchus. At about 4.5 ft (140cm) in length, it is one of the smallest cetaceans. Physical description Hector's Dolphins have a unique rounded dorsal fin. The Dolphin has no discernible beak and a rounded fin. The fluke has pointed tips and concave trailing edges. The overall color is a pale grey but closer inspection reveals a multitude of colors. The...

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2006-07-12 14:13:20

Commerson's Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) is one of four dolphins in the Cephalorhynchus genus. This Dolphin species is also known as Skunk Dolphin and Piebald Dolphin. This dolphin is found in two distinct areas: around the southern tip of South America, Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and near the Kerguelen Islands in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. The dolphin is named for Philibert Commerson, who first described them in 1767 after he sighted them in the...

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