Maui's dol­phin un­der threat

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE WORLD'S small­est dol­phin species will go ex­tinct in the next 15 years if proper con­ser­va­tion ef­forts are not car­ried out, warns a new re­search. Just 50 Maui's dol­phins, a sub­species of Hec­tor's dol­phins that is en­demic to New Zealand, re­main in the world to­day, ac­cord­ing to the study. Bar­bara Maas, who headed the re­search done at the NABU In­ter­na­tional Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion in Ber­lin, said that out of the 50 just 10-12 are adult fe­male. She warned that un­less the level of fish­eries pro­tec­tion was in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, the dol­phins could be­come ex­tinct in just 15 years.

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