World’s top dolphin scientists urge NZ government to act now or Maui’s will be extinct in 20 years

A Maui's dolphin leaps from the water along the western coastline of New Zealand's North Island. © WWF-New Zealand

Auckland / July 4, 2013 – Some of the world’s leading whale, dolphin and porpoise scientists have expressed their ‘extreme concern’ about the survival of New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphin, urging the government to take immediate action to ensure ‘full protection of Maui’s in all areas throughout their habitat’. The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) acknowledged in its 2013 report that Maui’s will decline to just 10 adult breeding females in six years and become functionally extinct in less than 20 years —unless their full range is protected…

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