Hector's Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori)

Zoological classification:
realm: animals
phylum: Chordaanimals (Chordata)
subphylum: vertebrate (Vertebrata)
class: mammals (Mammalia)
order: whales (Cetacea)
suborder: toothed whales (Odontoceti)
family: Delphinidae II
subfamily: marine dolphins without beak

Habitat: near the coast, exclusively in New Zealand, especially around the Southern Island

Lenght: up to (1.6 m)

Weight: (35-60 kg)

Life expectancy: unknown

food: fish, cephalopods

group size: 3-5, sometimes more than 100

new generation: one calf every 2-3 years

Submerged depth: dives shallow

dipping duration: 30 sec. to 1 min.

other characteristics: The Hector's Dolphin is the smallest of all cetacean species. It only lives in the waters around New Zealand. It is highly endangered and the population consists of only 3000 to 4000 animals. There isn't much knowledge about the Hector's Dolphin yet. Characteristic is it's rounded dorsal fin.

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