Photo of the week: Hector’s dolphin mother and baby

Department of Conservation —  02/12/2015

Today’s photo of the week is of the first Hector’s dolphin calf to be spotted in Akaroa Harbour this breeding season.

The dolphin calf and mother were spotted by passengers from the cruise ship Dawn Princess that was visiting the area on Sunday.


Hector’s dolphins are among some of the rarest species in the world. Their slow reproductive rate make them particularly vulnerable.

They are also one of the smallest marine dolphins in the world, growing no more than 1.5 m in length—at birth calves are the size of a rugby ball.

The photo was taken by Black Cat Cruises which runs nature cruises and dolphin swimming experiences in Akaroa.

3 responses to Photo of the week: Hector’s dolphin mother and baby


    This photos is so encouraging. Also there is a funny new NZ theatre work in development to raise awareness for the plight of the Maui’s dolphins. Follow the progress at


    Gorgeous – nothing quite like seeing the dolphins and a baby is a total bonus