Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied the New Zealand coast­line as among the most important re­gions of the world’s oceans and lakes that are key to en­sur­ing the sur­vival of the planet’s marine mam­mals such as seals and por­poises.

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Their anal­y­sis also shows, how­ever, that most of these ar­eas are al­ready un­der pres­sure from hu­man im­pacts such as pol­lu­tion and ship­ping. Ecol­o­gists at the Na­tional Au­ton­o­mous Univer­sity of Mex­ico found that 84 per­cent of marine mam­mal species are found off the coasts of Baja Cal­i­for­nia, north-east­ern Amer­ica, Peru, Ar­gentina, north­west­ern Africa, South Africa, Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, and New Zealand.

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