An extremely rare spectacled porpoise washed up in New Zealand on Wednesday. The carcass was in good condition, with only a chunk missing from one side of the flank (probably a shark bite). It was photographed, examined, and dissected at the Department of Conservation’s workshop. The skeleton will be preserved for future studies. Only 10 spectacled porpoises have ever washed up in New Zealand, so this is a very exciting find.
Little is known about the spectacled porpoises.
Watch the video for more information! (Caution: scenes of dissection are in this film)
A new report about the situation of the worlds smallest porpoise raises concerns over the survival of the species. With fewer than 25 breeding females estimated to be left and the totoaba fishing season getting underway, this month could determine the future of the species.
Okay sorry but this is bloody depressing…
Very rare porpoise, not much is known about them some may say it’s a spectacle to see one
Harbo(u)r Porpoises putting on an acrobat show.
Photo by seadocsociety
Pacific white sided dolphins, not harbor porpoises.