The Hector’s dolphin is a native New Zealand dolphin and the rarest and smallest of dolphins in the world.
The Hector’s dolphin is the only dolphin native to New Zealand and also the smallest in body size of all dolphins worldwide.
They have small rounded heads and a distinct tear-drop shaped dorsal fin, and flat flippers. Their upper body is usually black or gray with a white under-belly.
These are social creatures often seen moving and playing together in groups of two to as many as fifty individuals.
The Hector’s dolphin suffers immensely from entanglement in fishing nets and the problem is so severe that one of the subspecies, the Maui dolphin, has just 55 adults left in the wild.