Tagged: marine mammals

Dolphin researchers say NZ’s proposed protection plan is flawed and misleading - Making Waves

Otago Marine Science Jul 01, 2019

Elisabeth Slooten and Steve Dawson The New Zealand government recently proposed a plan to manage what it considers to be threats to Hector’s dolphins, an endemic species found only in coastal waters. This includes the North Island subspecies Māui dolphin. Māui dolphins are critically endangered and Hector’s dolphins are endangered. With only an estimated 57 Māui dolphins left, … Read More

How endangered are New Zealand dolphins and sea lions? - Making Waves

Otago Marine Science Jun 05, 2019

Professor Steve Dawson, Professor Liz Slooten, Associate Professor Bruce Robertson The Department of Conservation (DOC) has downgraded the threat status of the New Zealand sea lion and New Zealand (Hector’s) dolphin. NZ sea lion has changed from “Nationally Critical” (the same category as the kākāpō) to “Nationally Vulnerable” based on “actual improvement”. The problem is, the available data do … Read More

Fossil Lucky Dip from a Lost World - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence Jul 10, 2018

I’m lying on a beautiful golden sand beach. The bright sun is beating down upon me. I could be on an isolated, tropical island, if not for the lone giant moa sculpture looming above my head. This sentinel to a lost world stands at the aptly named Old Bones Backpackers at Awamoa, (originally named Te Awa Kōkōmuka), south of Oamaru. Read More

Eavesdropping reveals hidden marine mammal populations in the ocean - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 22, 2016

By Joy Tripovich, UNSW Australia and Tracey Rogers, UNSW Australia Acoustic monitoring of the calls of marine animals, such as whales and seals, could be the key to identifying new species, finding new population groups and mapping migration routes. We recently used custom-designed detection algorithms to run through 57,000 hours of underwater ocean noise to … Read More