Researchers from the NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust have had an excellent summer field season. Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson spent a couple of months studying Hector’s dolphins at Banks Peninsula and are now back in Dunedin, teaching at Otago University. Tom Brough has started a new project studying Hector’s dolphin habitat preferences. He is […]
The Trust’s sperm whale research is in the news today. Marta Guerra and Tamlyn Somerford are studying the sperm whales off Kaikoura and have found that the number of whales off Kaikoura is declining.
A Hector’s dolphin died died in a ‘recreational’ (non-commercial) gillnet during the Easter weekend. Gillnets are allowed to be used in Akaroa Harbour from 1 April to 1 November every year. Research published in 2013 shows that Hector’s dolphins are actually still in the harbour at that time of year and allowing gillnets to be […]