Maui dolphins on verge of extinction

May 27, 2015

New research suggests New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins – the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world – could be extinct within 15 years.

Currently experts believe that there are only 43 to 47 dolphins left and of those only 10 are mature females capable of breeding.

The Maui dolphin is found only in waters off New Zealand.

German conservation organisation Nabu believe that more should be done to  prevent dolphins dying in fishing nets. This includes banning across the dolphin’s entire habitat rather than only limited areas.

A study that includes the above information is being presented by Nabu at a meeting of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in San Diego, US.

The Maui’s dolphin is a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin that only lives in shallow coastal waters off New Zealand’s North Island; the other subspecies of Hector’s dolphin is found around the South Island and is more abundant.
Numbers of dolphins have declined since the 1970s.
Scientists say the main threat is fishing using gillnets or trawling, which they estimate kill five Maui’s dolphins each year.
In 2010/2011 an estimated 59 individuals remained, which fell to 43-47 in 2014/2015.

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  1. raeleene

    May 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    OMG that is so sad I am researching Maui dolphins at school and I think they are so cute DOLPHINS FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lucy

    May 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Thats really sad

  3. hussein

    June 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    OMG I feel so sorry for them
    All of us care

  4. Elsa9630

    June 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    That’s so sad
    I feel so sorry for Maui dolphins they are so rare
    Maui Dolphins shouldn’t be extinct
    This is soooooooo sad theses dolphins deserve to live as much as we do… they don’t deserve to die out!!!

  5. Dancemouse25

    June 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    ong i have seen one before but i cant remeber when but they are so cool and really cute i saw it jump so it was the best part

  6. flowergirl1001

    June 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    That’s so sad I love Maui Dolphins so much

  7. hannahve

    June 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    That is so sad! I feel so sorry for Maui dolphins they are so rare! Why do people make this happen!OMG

  8. xc-8486

    May 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    sad pour dolphins they are so cute

  9. Izzymoo

    May 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    That is very sad.They deserve to live.
    This can’t happen.

  10. HAS

    May 29, 2015 at 9:51 am

    hope they dont

  11. rhys644

    May 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    That’s sad

  12. Pixman771

    May 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm


  13. Jaymee123

    May 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

    If they’re on the verge of extinction doesn’t that mean that someone is hunting and killing them, and we should’ve stopped it by now

  14. Tiaki1

    May 28, 2015 at 10:03 am

    That’s SOOOOOOO sad I wish I could help in some way…? Maui Dolphins shouldn’t be extinct, I don’t want the to be!!!!!

    This is soooooooo sad theses dolphins deserve to live as much as we do… they don’t deserve to die out!!!

  15. joeyt

    May 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Even though that I don’t know much about them that is still sad

  16. janetliu

    May 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

    no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i love dolphins there so cute.

  17. Dinkey

    May 28, 2015 at 8:45 am

    oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. ELISE-F

    May 27, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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