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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video

16/04/2018

Visitor safety in Tasmania's national parks and reserves has received a major investment with a suite of projects, including a new feature video on bushwalking preparation and safety.More

Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018

12/04/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan 2018 for the Frenchmans Cap area.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.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.