Māui and Hector's dolphins
Hector’s and Māui dolphins are New Zealand’s national treasures
These beautiful, tiny marine mammals only live in New Zealand’s coastal waters – nowhere else in the world.
The dolphins are among the world’s smallest cetaceans, easily recognised by their distinctive dorsal fin shaped like a Mickey Mouse ear.
Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are found only around New Zealand’s South Island. A subspecies, the Māui dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui), lives in shallow coastal waters along the North Island’s western shores.