Photo: Hectors Dolphin Picture Akaroa Harbour Canterbury New Zealand

Identified by its unique rounded dorsil fin, the Hector's dolphin is one of the smallest cetaceans in the world at an average length of 1.4 metres (4.59 Feet). It is one of four species of dolphin in the genus Cephalorhynchus.

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Hectors Dolphin Picture Akaroa Harbour Canterbury New Zealand
Photo of a Hector's Dolphin in the Akaroa Harbour of Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.

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As well as being known as a Hector's Dolphin, this species also goes by the name of White-headed dolphin or its scientific name of Cephalorhynchus hectori. The Hector's Dolphin is the smallest member of the delphinidae family.

An endemic dolphin to the coasts of New Zealand, Hector's Dolphins are found in pods of two to eight animals and are almost always sighted less than 10 kilometres (6.20 miles) off the coast during the summer months and only slightly further off shore during the winter months. They are the rarest species of dolphin in the world!

They are most commonly seen around Banks Peninsula in Canterbury on the East Coast as well as on the northern portion of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. They are not restricted to these two regions however, and are regularly seen to the south of Banks Peninsula as well as along the Kaikoura Coast and even along the Waikato and Auckland region coastlines on the West Coast of the North Island.

Other marine mammals found off the coasts of New Zealand are Sperm whales, Orca whales, Humpback whales, Southern right whales, Dusky Dolphins, Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Maui's dolphins, Sea lions, Seals, just to name a few.

Hector's dolphins, Cephalorhynchus hectori, Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/800 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 100mm.

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