Have You Seen a Maui's?

WWF together with researchers has developed the WWF Sightings Network in order to learn more about the distribution and behaviour of Maui's dolphins.
Information of particular importance includes; how far offshore they move, to what extend they use the west coast harbours and how far north and south they move. Data generated by public reported sightings is a very important tool to help answer those questions.

Maui's dolphins live off the west coast of North Island of New Zealand from Maunganui bluff to Whanganui River.

Who can report?

Anyone can report a sighting, whether you are member of the local community, student at a local school, a keen fisher or a holiday maker.

Reporting a sighting

Find out how to identify a Maui's dolphin by learning about distinguishing features and how to recognise them.

To report a Maui's dolphin sighting you can submit a sighting report with us directly online or alternatively, you can call the WWF Maui sightings hotline toll-free on 0800 4 MAUIS.
 
The more specific information you can provide the better, so take a photo or film and record GPS coordinates if you can. Try to observe the dolphin carefully and make written notes about:

  • where you saw it (for example, describe landmarks)
  • what time it was
  • what it looked like
  • whether there were other dolphins with it and how many
  • what it was doing
If you see a stranded or dead Maui's dolphin, please report it right away to the Department of Conservation - on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

To report illegal set nets or other fisheries infringements, call the Ministry of Fisheries on 0800 4 POACHER (0800 4 76224).

0800 4 MAUIS

Have you seen a Maui's?
Submit a report by calling the number above or using the online form.

Are you sure it is a Maui's dolphin?
Find out how to identify a Maui's dolphin by learning about distinguishing features and how to recognise them.

Summary of all WWF Maui's public sightings

 / ©: Dr Barbara Breen