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


Thats really sad


OMG I feel so sorry for them
All of us care


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!!!


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


That's so sad I love Maui Dolphins so much


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


sad pour dolphins they are so cute


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


hope they dont


That's sad




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


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!!!


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


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


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


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