Beauty & the Beast star Jay Ryan and Radio Hauraki entertainer Jay Reeve are concerned about Maui’s dolphin, another endangered species. There are only 55 Maui’s dolphins left in the world! Aren’t you concerned about nature and endangered species? Yareah magazine is.
Today, ten things you should know about Maui’s dolphins:
1.- Maui’s dolphin is also called Popoto.
2.- It’s the world’s rarest and smallest known subspecies of dolphin.
3.- Maui’s Dolphin are only found off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Remember that Beauty & the Beast star Jay Ryan is from New Zealand, the same as Jay Reeve.
“Coming from New Zealand and Australia is like a tough pre-school for Hollywood. And having been on ‘Neighbours,’ even though the agents I met with hadn’t seen it, they knew it’s where Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce had come from. It was a foot in the door.” Jay Ryan.
4.- In fact, Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are the only endemic cetaceans from New Zealand.
5.- Maui’s dolphins are habitually seen in water shallower than 20 m deep. Anyway, the can also range further offshore.
6.- In 2012, experts estimated that 4.95 Maui’s dolphins were killed each year due to set-netting and trawling.
7.- An estimated 55 Maui’s dolphins older than one year old were left in the world, maybe less now.
8.- In May 2014, the World Wildlife Fund in New Zealand launched “The Last 55” campaign, calling for a full ban over what it believed is their entire range.
9.- In June 2014, the New Zealand government decided to open up 3000 km2 of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary (the main habitat of the Maui’s dolphin) for oil drilling. This amounts to one-quarter of the total sanctuary area.
10.- Help #TheLast55 and Follow Jay Ryan @JayRyan and Jay Reeve @TheJayReeve on Twitter.
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