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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.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.