Hector’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori) is the best-known of the four dolphins in the genus Cephalorhynchus and is found only in New Zealand. At about 1.4 m in length, it is one of the smallest cetaceans. Captions: Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© James Shook
Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas — long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals, actually work.
Their study, based on 21 years’ monitoring and published March 27 in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch has significantly improved survival of Hector’s dolphins, one of the rarest dolphins in the world…