Hector's Dolphins (otherwise known as 'Pahu') are endemic to the coastal waters of New Zealand's South Island (Te Waipounamu). Current estimates put their population at around 9,000 dolphins, down from a former abundance of 50,000 in 1970.
With a population decline of more than 80% in less than 50 years, hector's dolphins are currently listed as an endangered species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
An inshore dolphin, hector's dolphins spend their time around the coast, and this proximity makes them vulnerable to human interference.
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