Introduction

The preliminary pathology report on the dead Hector’s/Māui dolphin recovered from a Taranaki beach last week has indicated that the animal died of natural causes.

Date:  30 April 2012

The preliminary pathology report on the dead Hector’s/Māui dolphin recovered from a Taranaki beach last week has indicated that the animal died of natural causes.

The results of the post-mortem by Massey University have confirmed that the animal was an adult male in poor body condition and it appears that a combination of health problems had likely contributed to its death. Further tests are underway to confirm this.

There were no obvious signs of trauma and nothing to suggest that the dolphin was caught in fishing nets or any other human interaction.

DNA samples have been taken to confirm whether the animal was a Hector’s or a Māui dolphin and those results could be at least two weeks away.

DOC will follow the standard process for recording and reporting dead Hector’s and Māui dolphin and notify stakeholders as information comes available. 

Contact

Reuben Williams, DOC Media Advisor, +64 27 257 2216, rwilliams@doc.govt.nz

See also:

Hector's dolphin incident database

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