Rare dolphin calves sighted in Akaroa Harbour
Rare dolphin calves are again being sighted in Akaroa
Rare dolphin calves
are again being sighted in Akaroa Harbour, which is always
great news for the endangered species.
Spring has again
seen Hector's dolphin calves spotted swimming with their
mothers in the harbour, which is always exciting, Black Cat
Cruises Managing Director Paul Bingham said.
Dolphins are classified as endangered by the World
Conservation Union (IUCN). Because of their coastal habitat
and slow reproductive rate they are particularly vulnerable
to entanglement in fishing gear, especially gill nets, so we
never fail to get enthusiastic when calves are spotted.”
Bingham said guests on harbour cruises could clearly see
the calves' stripes from being folded up inside mother's
tummy as they able to swim as soon as they are born.
Females usually have one calf every two to three years.
The calves are 50 to 60 centimetres long at birth and stay
close to their mothers who provide them with milk and
protection for about a year until they are old enough to
fend for themselves.
Hector's dolphins are among the most
endangered in the
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>