The Hector's Dolphin

hectors dolphin

The Hector’s dolphin is one of the smallest dolphins. It is 1.2-1.5m long and in or around 57kg in weight. The species is similar to a porpoise in outline by having a smoothly pointed nose and no distinct beak or melon bulge. It is grey with black flippers and a dorsal fin and tail with a white underside. The underside markings are shaped like a human finger. This dolphin is social and active a forms small schools of about 5 dolphins. It spends most of its time chasing, touching, flipper-slapping and in general, interacting with others. It feeds on fish and squid and will dive various depths to obtain them. This dolphin is found in New Zealand’s inshores and can easily get tangled in nets and is exposed to pollution making it endangered.



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