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Hector's dolphins

Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are only found in waters of South Island, New Zealand.


Shorter than a grown-man, they are only about 1.4 metres long. They some of the worlds smallest and rarest dolphins, with maybe only 7,000 alive. Sadly, their numbers continue to decline.


Short grey and stocky, Hector's dolphins have no beak and a rounded dorsal fin. They live in small same-sex groups and swim in the shallow waters round the South Island coast.

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