Maui’s dolphin is the world’s smallest and rarest subspecies of dolphin; it is estimated only 55 are left. A subspecies of Hector’s dolphin, and only found on a small stretch of New Zealand’s South Island, their survival is threatened. Living only a few miles off the coast, they are exposed to sand mining, fishing trawl nets, and a wide variety of pollutants and contaminants.
Their females don’t begin breeding until they’re seven to nine years old and only give birth to one calf every two to four years. Potential population growth is slow and makes their immediate recovery critical.
Stand with organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and urge New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, to protect these precious creatures from extinction!
Photo Credit: Earthrace Conservation
To: Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key
You need to protect the last remaining 55 adult Maui’s dolphins off the coast of New Zealand. In order for this species to survive you must limit fishing, shield them from seabed mining and exploration, and monitor boats near the coast.
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