Two Hector's Dolphins, proper name Cephalorhynchus hectori swim and dive in the Akaroa Harbour in the Banks Peninsula in Canterbury on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. These dolphins are really small, as they only grow to about 1.4 metres in length.
Sir James Hector is the man that these dolphins were named after. He was the curator of the Colonial Museum in New Zealand and he was the first one to examine the first unnamed specimen of these dolphins and he named it after himself.
Hector's Dolphins are different than other dolphins because they don't have any beaks like other dolphins do and they have a round dorsal fin. They look to be a grey colour from far away, from close up they actually have a number of different colours in their skins, which just look grey from far away. They also have black streaks on their head and white patches on their underbelly.
Dolphins are social creatures, all of them are, and Hector's Dolphins are no different. They can live in groups of as low as two to as large as eight, and they like to play together, diving and jumping around, and often playing like children do. They also like to make noise, talking to each other, and landing on their side when they jump up and land, because that makes the most noise.
Hector's dolphins, Cephalorhynchus hectori, Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
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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