An investigation has been launched after two endangered New Zealand dolphins (also known as Hector’s dolphins) were found in different locations on the country’s South Island.
Under New Zealand law, anyone who injures or kills a marine mammal must report the incident to the authorities. Failure to do so can result in large fines. The investigation will attempt to find out who might have been fishing in the areas where the dolphins were found. Only a few thousand New Zealand dolphins survive with entanglement in fishing gear a major threat to the species.