Maui’s Dolphins are the smallest dolphins in the world measuring just about a metre and a half. But a new study warns that these unique creatures are on the verge of extinction with only 55 individuals remaining in the wild.
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What are the chances of a wild animal coming to your home and cuddling up on a couch? Most people will say none but for one Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, resident, Sunday night brought into her house an uninvited visitor in the form of a seal pup who found his way to the couch for a comfortable nap.
Seven weeks ago when Rena Grounding in New Zealand became the tragic site of an oil spill, the impending danger for wildlife was of absolute concern. But Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says thanks to the efforts put in by National Oiled Wildlife Response Team (NOWRT) much of the disaster has been avoided and 49 penguins were released at Mount Maunganui to mark the beginning of the release as part of the relief program.
When two months ago a penguin lost its way and was found in the beaches of New Zealand with sand in its belly, the country made every effort to save the bird and gave it a temporary home till it could be sent back to the Antarctic. Dubbed Happy Feet, the penguin received its final farewell on Monday and is heading back home aboard the research ship Tangaroa.
A week ago when ‘Happy Feet’ was found more than 2000 miles away from his home in Antarctic at a North Island beach in New Zealand, it was the first spotting of an Emperor Penguin in 44 years . On Monday the penguin found itself on the operating table with surgeons performing endoscopy to remove sand and twigs from its stomach.
The endangered southern right whales that were nearly hunted to extinction during the 19th century are again finding the coasts of New Zealand safe enough to re-colonize them. Such has been the findings of a research conducted by The University of Auckland and New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC).
Moko the New Zealand bottlenose dolphin was quite a known name in the country. But the dolphin became even more famous recently when Time magazine’s website quoted it as one of the most heroic animals in history.
A ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign may soon be placed on the waterfront of the Waihao River in New Zealand if the conservationists really feel the need. It is because a rare elephant seal has been spotted resting at the shores some 1.5 km from the river.