Acrylic on plastic bag (15x24cm), framed in a bespoke wooden float mounted frame (see extra photo).Hectors dolphin is of the world’s rarest, cutest and smallest marine dolphin and is native to New Zealand. This tiny animal, measuring just 1.4 metres long is unique to our coasts and hovers dangerously on the brink of extinction.The last 40 years has seen a rapid decline in their numbers. In the 1970s their population sat at around 29,000. Today, this has shrunk to around 15,000. The even rarer sub-species of Hector’s dolphin, the Maui dolphin, is under even greater threat. Their population is now estimated to be less than 80 individuals, with an adult population of just 55. Human induced threats are the main problem for both species. Boat strike, mining, construction, coastal development, plastic pollution, marine tourism, marine farming and climate change are all hugely dangerous for Hector’s and Maui’s. The biggest single known threat, however, is from fishing.
Hectors Dolphin (It’s in the Bag Series)