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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Spectacled Porpoise

Drawing by Graham Sanders
The Spectacled Porpoise is blue-black above and white underneath including white flippers. They have a small head and black lips and a dark line running to their dorsal fin which is large and rounded. They are one of the smallest dolphins reaching just over 2m and 80kg. They show characteristic porpoising behaviour at sea rolling slowly before swimming rapidly just beneath the surface and arch their back on diving exposing the distinctive dorsal fin.

General Information

Spectacled Porpoises generally occur singly or in groups of two or three and probably feed on fish and squid. They occur in the southern hemisphere and appear to prefer Antarctic and Subantarctic waters.

Stranding Information

Spectacled Porpoises have been recorded from New Zealand, South Australia and Tasmania. Australian strandings have occurred following below average sea levels and cold currents coming closer to Tasmania and South Australia.