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Cephalorhynchus hectori (South Island Hector’s Dolphins)
February 17, 2012

There are two subspecies of Hector's Dolphins. Those that live off the coast of the South Island are true Hector's Dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) and those that live off the west coast of the North Island, known as Maui's Dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui). They are the smallest dolphins in the world. They are endemic to New Zealand and are not found anywhere else. There are only 8,000 South Island Hector's Dolphins living in the wild. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Marlborough Sounds

location: Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, New Zealand

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Northern Royal Albatross in flight
January 15, 2012

The Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi) seen here off Taiaroa Head in Dunedin, New Zealand. Taiaroa Head is home to the only mainland nesting colony with 150 of these massive birds, all other nesting colonies are located on remote subantarctic islands. The Taiaroa colony was established in 1938 when the first fledgeling was observed. Albatross are not native to this particular area. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Catlins/Otago Peninsula

location: Harington Point, Otago, New Zealand

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Otago Harbour Basalt
January 15, 2012

Otago Harbour was once the creator of a large shield volcano. In this photo you can see the remnants of the three stages of formation of the Dunedin Volcanic Complex. The dark grey rock is basalt formed from lava flows and the lighter brown and red rock is ashy material from more explosive events. The first stage consists of flows from Portobello vents, it was during this stage that vents blew out where the harbor is now. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Catlins/Otago Peninsula

location: Harington Point, Otago, New Zealand

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