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Hec­tor’s and Maui’s dol­phins Imag­ine if there were only 110 ki­wis left in the wild. That’s how many Maui’s dol­phins there are be­lieved to be. Now crit­i­cally en­dan­gered, they are found only on the west coast of the North Is­land. And stud­ies es­ti­mate that while there were 26,000 Hec­tors dol­phins liv­ing around New Zealand in the 1970s, only about 7,000, or less than a third, re­main.

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