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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Dusky Dolphin

Dusky Dolphin
Males reach up to 2.1m in length and females 1.9m. They are a small, robust dolphin, dark grey to black above and white below, with side blazes and patches of grey. The dorsal fin is two toned with the trailing edge a much lighter grey. They have a long, light grey patch on their foreside leading to a short, dark grey beak (shorter than in a Common Dolphin). The throat and belly are white and they have a large white Y-shaped patch running from the dorsal fin to the tail. They have a moderately curved dorsal fin.

General Information

Dusky Dolphins occur in cold temperate waters off New
Distribution map of sightings and strandings (click to enlarge)
Zealand, South Africa and South America as three distinct subspecies. They have also been spotted off southern Australia. They breed over summer so females and calves tend to be closer inshore at this time feeding on small schooling fish and returning to deeper water at other times to chase mobile prey. Females reach sexual maturity at around 18 years and breed at three yearly intervals, weaning calves at around 18 months. Climate change will impact on their distribution.

Stranding Information

There have been five stranding events of Dusky Dolphins in Tasmania, usually as a single dead specimen. One specimen was a female giving birth. In New Zealand, Dusky Dolphins have been successfully refloated after mass stranding.