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Act vs the Foreshore Bill: A Tale Of 119 Whales

Curse of the
Wereseal
Also not on the list: Wereseals (Part II)
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Filibuster Becomes Filibusted

After the misfiring of the ACT Party's attempt to delay the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill by extending question time, it seems fair that Scoop should share some notes on a previous effort.

During the committee stage of the bill, ACT MP Hilary Calvert proposed an intimidating list of amendments with the claimed intent to "to better reflect the intent of the Bill" (rather than, for example to delay it).

The majority of them were 119 proposed additions to clause 52, which relates to the treatment of stranded marine mammals. Each amendment sought to introduce, as subclause (1A), a specific reference to a different kind of whale, dolphin, seal, manatee or what have you.

It's probably outside the skills of the clerk's office to rule on how sensible some of these amendments were.

Stranded Steller's Sea Cows, for example, are unlikely to cause interracial disputes, as they had been hunted to extinction by 1768.

The Baikal seal, on the other hand, inhabits a freshwater lake in Sibera. If one showed up on the New Zealand coast Scoop hopes it would be more a matter for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. And that nobody would try to force it into the sea.

But the Baikal seal might be a better candidate than every other pinniped on Ms Calvert's list, who may be very lost but are unlikely to be "stranded" if you find them on a beach.

In a combination of both these problems, there is Lipotes vexillifer Baiji - the Yangtze river dolphin. Also a freshwater mammal, a late 2006 expedition found no sign of them; what would be the first recorded extinction of a well-studied cetacean species and the end of probably the cutest dolphin. If any become stranded between our high- and low-tide marks, China will probably want a word.

Scoop has been provided with notes on the amendments, which make an effort to mark extinct, unlikely and misnamed species. They are reproduced below.

Scoop notes that the bill as passed contains, a subclause (1AA), saying that marine mammal here "has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978" (which admittedly would include all the non-extinct animals in Ms Calvert's amendments); the passing of this amendment would have rendered all of Ms Calvert's out of order in one go.

Possibly the attempted obstructionism might have been avoided if the Select Committee had actually considered the written submissions.

As it is, Parliament has effectively ignored the committee's only recommendation, that the bill be passed "without amendment", and passed it with a number of amendments.

When Scoop asked committee chair Tau Henare about this, he said "no it doesn't bother me, what bothers me is that the Labour Party Mbrs, the green Party Mbrs didn't read the report." For context and spelling, it worth noting this was on Twitter, and @tauhenare treats more as a bloodsport than a communications portal.

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Those marked in RED do not occur or are never likely to occur in New Zealand Waters. Those marked in GREEN are not recorded from NZ, but there is a chance they could be. Those marked in PURPLE are extinct. Then there is a list of those that are found and not on their list and other oddments that will be in BLUE.


Clause 52

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Balaena mysticetus Bowhead Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Eubalaena australis Southern Right Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Eubalaena glacialis Northern Right Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Eubalaena (glacialis) japonica Japanese Right Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Caperea marginata Pygmy Right Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Eschrichtius robustus Gray Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Balaenoptera acutorostrata Minke Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Balaenoptera borealis Sei Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Balaenoptera edeni Bryde's Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Balaenoptera musculus Blue Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Balaenoptera physalus Fin Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Megaptera novaengliae Humpback Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Kogia breviceps Pygmy Sperm Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Kogia simus Dwarf Sperm Whale. (Note now called Kogia sima)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Physeter macrocephalus Sperm Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Delphinapterus leucas Beluga.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Monodon monoceros Narwhal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Berardius arnuxii Arnoux's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Berardius bairdii Baird's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Hyperodon ampullatus Northern Bottlenose Whale. ( Spelling mistake Hyperoodon ampullatus)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Hyperodon planifrons Southern Bottlenose Whale. (spelling mistake Hyperoodon planifrons)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon bidens Sowerby's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon speciesA’ unamed Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon bowdoini Andrews' Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon carlhubbsi Hubbs' Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon densirostris Blainville's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon europaeus Gervais' Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon ginkgodens Ginko-toothed Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon grayi Gray's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon hectori Hector's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon layardii Strap-toothed Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon mirus True's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon pacificus Longman's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon peruvianus Lesser Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon stejnegeri Stejneger's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mesoplodon shepherdi Shepherd's Beaked Whale. (wrong genus Tasmacetus shepherdi)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier's Beaked Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Feresa attenuata Pygmy Killer Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Globicephala macrorhynchus Short-finned Pilot Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Globicephala melas Long-finned Pilot Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Orcinus orca Killer Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Peponocephala electra Melon-headed Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Pseudorca crassidens False Killer Whale.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Delphinus delphis Short-beaked Common Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Delphinus delphis Long-beaked Common Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lissodelphis borealis Northern Rightwhale Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lissodelphis peronii Southern Rightwhale Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Sotalia fluviatilis Tucuxi.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Sousa teuszii Atlantic Hump-backed Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Sousa chinensis Indo-pacific Hump-backed Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Atlantic Hump-backed Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Stenella coeruleoalba Striped Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Stenella clymene Clymene Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Stenella longirostris Long-snouted Spinner Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Stenella attenuata Pantropical Spotted Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Stenella frontalis Atlantic Spotted Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Steno bredanensis Rough-toothed Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Tursiops truncatus Bottlenose Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Cephalorhynchus commersonii Commerson's Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Cephalorhynchus eutropia Black Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Cephalorhynchus heavisidii Heaviside's Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Cephalorhynchus hectori Hector's Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Grampus griseus Risso's Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenodelphis hosei Fraser's Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenorhynchus acutus Atlantic White-sided Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenorhynchus albirostris White-beaked Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenorhynchus australis Peale's Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenorhynchus cruciger Hourglass Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenorhynchus obliquidens Pacific White-sided Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lagenorhynchus obscurus Dusky Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Orcaella brevirostris Irrawaddy Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Inia geoffrensis Boto.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lipotes vexillifer Baiji.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Platanista minor Indus River Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Ganges River Dolphin.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Potoporia blainvilleir Franciscana. (also spelling mistake Pontoporia blainvillei)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Neophocaena ohocaenoides Finless Porpoise. (also spelling mistake Neophocaena phocaenoides)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Australophocaena dioptrica Spectacled Porpoise. (Spelling mistake and now recognised as Phocoena dioptrica)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phocoena phocoena Harbor Porpoise.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phocoena sinus Vaquita.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phocoena spinipinnis Burmeister's Porpoise.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phocoenoides dalli Dall's Porpoise.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus australis South American Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus forsteri New Zealand Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus gazella Antarctic Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus philippi Juan Fernandez Fur Seal. (also spelling mistake Arctocephalus philippii)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus pusillus South African Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus townsendi Guadaloupe Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus galapagoensis Galapagos Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Arctocephalus tropicalis Subantarctic Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Callorhinus ursinus Northern Fur Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Neophoca cinerea Australian Sealion.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phocarctos hookeri New Zealand Sealion.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Otaria byronia South American Sealion.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Zalophus californianus Californian Sealion. (Okay they occur in zoos here)

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Eumetopias jubatus Steller's Sealion.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Odobenus rosmarus Walrus.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Cystophora cristata Hooded Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Erignathus barbatus Bearded Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Halichoerus grypus Gray Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Hydrurga leptonyx Leopard Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Leptonychotes weddellii Weddell Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Lobodon carcinophagus Crabeater Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mirounga angustirostris Northern Elephant Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Mirounga leonina Southern Elephant Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Monachus monachus Mediterranean Monk Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Monachus schauinslandi Hawaiian Monk Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Monachus tropicalis West Indian Monk Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Ommatophoca rossii Ross' Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca caspica Caspian Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca fasciata Ribbon Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca groenlandica Harp Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca hispida Ringed Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca largha Larga Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca sibirica Baikal Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Phoca vitulina Common Seal.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Dugong dugon Dugong.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Dugong gigas Steller's Seacow.

New subclause (1A): to insert after subclause (1) (after line 37 on page 49):
* (1A) For the purposes of this section, marine mammals includes the Trichechus manatus Manatee

They have also not included the following that do occur in New Zealand:
Mesoplodon traversii Spade-toothed beaked whale
There are two sub-species of Blue whale Balaenoptera musculus intermedia and Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda
Two sub-species of Hector's dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori and C. hectori maui
There is also a slight possibility we may get Omura's whale here Balaenoptera omurai althought that is probably unlikely.

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