Scientists estimate there are only 63 adult Māui dolphins left.
Historical abundance estimates suggest there were around 200-500 Māui dolphins. But deadly set nets and unsustainable fishing in Māui dolphin habitat has led to a catastrophic decline in their numbers. Because they can’t detect the fine mesh of fishing nets, they can become entangled and die.
Seabed mining, drilling, and exploration, including seismic testing, are putting even more pressure on our taonga. The airguns used in these activities let off deafeningly loud noises, which may cause massive disturbance and distress to Māui dolphins – overpowering the sounds they use to communicate, navigate, find food, and look after their young.
Although crucial progress has been made to protect Māui dolphins, there is still so much more we need to do. The time has come to step up our efforts if we are to stop the extinction of our national treasure.
And this work is not possible without YOU.
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Our moana/ocean is facing more threats than ever. It is time we step up to protect our big blue backyard for Māui dolphins and many more marine life that call our waters home.
We can’t do it alone. Please make an urgent donation today to help protect the last 63 Māui dolphins.
The fate of the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin is in our hands. If we don’t act now, we will see this amazing creature disappear forever.