Hector’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus Hectori) - 

About the size of a large dog, the Hector’s Dolphin is one of the smallest cetaceans, and is the only one endemic to New Zeland. 

They prefer shallower waters near the coast, but depending on the season and weather conditions can move to about 25 miles off coast.  They feed on almost anything that is about the size they can catch. Hector’s Dolphins are the only dolphin with a rounded dorsal fin.  The benefits of this is uncertain.  

In less than 50 years, the population of Hector’s Dolphins has decreased by about 85%, leaving less than 7000 in the wild today.  Their main threat is over fishing and destruction of their habitat. 

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