New Zealand Dusky Dolphin
The males have a more curved dorsal fin. They are colored dark grey-black on the upper side with a short, dark grey beak. The throat and belly are white and they have a thorn-shaped patch of dark color.
Often interact with common dolphins, but are never seen with bottlenose dolphins.
Live in cooler waters off the coast of New Zealand.
12,000 counted in Kaikoura, New Zealand
There is a seasonal movement between Kaikoura and the Marlborough Sounds.
Social system/Group size
Live in a fission-fusion society. The groups sizes are bigger when foraging and get smaller when resting and traveling.
They suffer from habitat degredation through aquacultures which also lead to limited feeding resources.
They are known for their leaps used to communicate.