Nine different species of dolphin are found around the New Zealand coast. These include the orca/killer whale and pilot whale, who despite the name are actually both dolphins. The short-beaked common, bottlenose and dusky dolphin also call the waters of Aotearoa home.
New Zealand has two unique species as well. Māui dolphins - only found on the west coast of the North Island. With an adult population estimated at just 54, their conservation status is Nationally Critical. Hector’s dolphin is Nationally Vulnerable and found around the South Island.