Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Rose's Information Report

Hector's Dolphins

Did you know that Hector's dolphin is one of the smallest dolphins in the world? They live around the West Coast and Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.
The Hector's dolphin is so small that one could fit in a bathtub! They grow between 1.2 to 1.4 metres. The female weighs up to 45 kilograms and the male weighs about 10 kilograms less.
Catching food takes most of the dolphin's day up. They mainly eat red cod, flounder, hake and stargazer.
The Hector's dolphin is a small gray, white and black dolphin. They are mostly gray with a white belly and black face, tail and fins.
Did you know the population has fallen from 30,000 to 7,000? Their population has declined because of  rubbish in the sea. The dolphins see the rubbish and think it is food, or they get tangled in the rubbish and cannot swim or feed properly. Without being killed by rubbish, the Hector's dolphin can live up to 20 years.
Hector's Dolphins are the rarest dolphins in the world. They can only be found in New Zealand and their numbers are getting very low. I think Hector's dolphins are very special and should be saved. What do you think?   

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