New research suggests New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins – the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world – could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up.
According to new estimates just 43-47 individuals, including about 10 mature females, are left.
The study is being presented at a meeting of the scientific committee of the International
“These new figures are a loud wakeup call: New Zealand has to abandons its current stance, which places the interests of the fishing industry above biodiversity conservation, and finally protect the dolphins’ habitat from harmful fishing nets, seismic airgun blasts and oil and gas extraction,” said Dr Barbara Maas, Nabu’s head of endangered species conservation.
Unless this happened, Dr Maas said the dolphin’s extinction was ”a matter of when, not if”.
I have a better plan. Instead of trying to save a genetic aberation from certain extinction, let’s just leave them to it. If they make it, fine. If they don’t we have some oil exploration to get on with. Read more »