Maui’s dolphins are the most endangered dolphins in the world. A new study found they are down to just about 55 adults, from 111 several years ago. However, it has been noted the real number may be less than 55, because some time has elapsed since the most recent study was conducted and the rate of decline is about three percent per year.
There could be only 20 adult breeding females left, so protecting them all would be of the utmost
importance, if there is a real desire to help them rebound. Breeding age females have just one calf each two to four years. Maui’s dolphins only live in the waters of North Island, New Zealand, and their greatest threat is fishing nets.
Surfer Dave Rastovich and Dogtown skate legend Peggy Oki have joined a campaign to generate publicity and have individuals make public declarations with their photos attached, so this content can be presented to the New Zealand government. The campaign is called Let’s Face It and you can join by uploading your photo and name on their website.† So far they have about 1,000 signatures, with a goal of 5,000 total. You can also Like their Facebook page.
Image Credit: JShook / Wiki Commons
Note: the dolphin shown above is a Hectorís dolphin, the parent species to the Mauiís dolphin.