• A HECTOR DOLPHIN ON THE SURFACE Akaroa

    Image ID
    FOT559782
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
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    44.4 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    16200 x 10800 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    1372 x 914 mm
    54.0 x 36.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Only found in New Zealand's waters, this distinctive grey dolphin with black and white markings and a round dorsal fin is the most easily recognised species of dolphin in NZ.Hector's and Maui's dolphins are known to Māori by other names, including tutumairekurai, aihe, papakanua, upokohue, tukuperu, tūpoupou and hopuhopu. They are the only dolphins in New Zealand with a well-rounded black dorsal fin. Their bodies are a distinctive grey, with white and black markings and a short snout. Adult South Island Hector's dolphins don't often exceed 1.5 metres in length and weigh between 40 and 60 kg. Males are slightly smaller and lighter than females. Because these dolphins occur close inshore, often in bays and harbours, they are at risk of being injured by boats. Newborn dolphins are particularly vulnerable as they swim relatively slowly, close to the surface. Some have been killed by boat propellers, when unwary boaties have run them over. The total population of Hector's dolphins is somewhere between 5, 000 to 7, 000. Around 900 dolphins make their home around Banks Peninsula and they often come into Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours. These 2 places are, without a doubt, the best places to view these beautiful dolphins, however the Hectors dolphins range right around the South Island with many being found on the West Coast.
    Uploader
    Rob Weaver
    Contributor
    Rob Weaver
    Date Taken
    2009-06-18
    Uploaded on
    2009-06-18
    Collection
    1**A New Zealand wild life
    Category
    Heritage
    Sub Category
    Environment
    Dominant colour
    #307070