Maui’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) is one of the two subspecies of Hector’s dolphin. It is the smallest and rarest subspecies of dolphin in the world.
These dolphins have round-shaped dorsal fins, which is unique. They have short snout and robust body. The body is speckled with black and white spots.
A female maui’s dolphin can grow up to 5.5 feet in length and weighs around 110 pounds.
They have a lifespan of up to 20 years.
A female dolphin reaches maturity at the age of 7 to 9 years. She gives birth to a single calf after an interval of 2 to 4 years.
They are found off the western coast of North Island in New Zealand. Maui’s dolphins usually inhabit off coastal areas in pods (group name).
Maui’s dolphins eat squids and small fish that live on the sea floor.
There are only about 47 individuals of Maui’s dolphins around the world and therefore, it is critically endangered species.
Other Name: Popoto