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Hector’s dolphins, Banks Peninsula

Hector’s dolphins, Banks Peninsula

The waters around Banks Peninsula are a stronghold for Hector’s dolphins. Perhaps they are a relic population, or food may be more readily available there. They move around between the peninsula’s deeply indented bays and harbours, and sometimes 50 or more can be seen in a bay at one time.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Dolphins - Hector’s and Māui’s dolphins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Sep 2015