Thursday, 23 May 2013

The worlds slowest emergency response

Lots of my page views come from the united states, and I would like to begin toady's post by offering everyone who is reading this and who has been effected in some way by the recent tornadoes my sincere condolences and thoughts.
Toady's post is all about Maui Dolphins. I have taken todays posts title from a Greenpeace article that can be found here.
There are only 55 adult Maui dolphin's left, so images like this make my heart heave.
I should say that Maui dolphins are not found anywhere else but New Zealand. so you would think that our politicians and leaders would jump at the chance to protect them. Well, you would think so anyway.
Maui's dolphins may be extinct in my lifetime, I'm 15, so they don't have many years left, unless something is done right now to protect them.
We are one of the only countries to sit back and let a native die, and do nothing about it.
They, like all marine mammals are posed a huge risk by nets, shown by the image above, but their population as a whole is made a whole lot more vulnerable by the fact there is only 55 left.
Please watch the video above, showing that people are doing something, but our voices are being ignored.
The Maui's dolhpins is the worlds smallest but also rareest species of dolhpin. They are critically endangered and face real threats. They live only in the North Island of my country, New Zealand.
Maui's dolphin range net ban.jpg
We call ourselves Clean Green New Zealand (although i am fast learning to doubt this) yet if and possibly when the Maui dolphins goes exctinct we will be only the second country after china to oversee the extinction of a dolhpin species after the Yangtze river dolphin was declared extinct a few years ago.
This extract taken from wikipedia outlines the threats faced by the Maui dolphins,


Gill net fishing has had an adverse effect on the Maui’s dolphin population.
Some groups in the fishing industry are against increased bans on set nets into waters further offshore and into harborus, and say there are other factors responsible for the decline in population, including disease, pollution, mining and natural predation.


In 2006 Brucella was identified in a dead Maui’s dolphin and DOC says this disease could 'have serious ramifications for the small Maui’s population. Brucella is a pathogen of terrestrial mammals that can cause late pregnancy abortion, and has been seen in a range of cetacean species elsewhere.
Recent post mortems on Hector’s and Maui’s have shown a 61 per cent infection rate of the parasite Toxoplasmosis. Two of the three Maui’s examined were killed by Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is known to reduce fertility in livestock, with cats playing a key role in its spread. It is not known how Toxoplasmosis spread to Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins.

Set net ban

Currently a trawling and set net ban stretches from Maunganui Bluff (north of Auckland) to Pariokariwa Point (north Taranaki), out to seven nautical miles from shore. Harbours along this stretch of coast do not have a set net ban.
After what MPI believed at the time in January 2012 was the capture of a Maui's dolphin off Taranaki, in June 2012 the New Zealand government announced an interim set net ban extension south around the Taranaki coast to Hawera and out to two nautical miles from shore, and placed observers to look for Maui's dolphins on all vessels setting nets out to seven nautical miles.
Absolutely Beautiful!
The Maui's dolphin is know to feed on squid, catfish, cod and other seafloor fish species. they enjoy a bit of fun, often playing such as with seaweed or chasing each other. they communicate, like other dolphins with ultrasonic frequencies and clicks to other dolphins and use echolocation to navigate and locate.
But the Maui dolphins also face reproductive issues, practically nothing is known about their reproductive physiology and females do not reach sexual maturity until roughly about 7-9 years old. then they only produce a calf every 2-4 years.
Some of the best webistes for a bit of information and stories on the Mauis dolhpin is...
But if you do have enough time please check out the petitions you cans ign and make our voices heard.
I have only ever seen a pod of dolphins once, despite my best efforts, they were bottlenose dolphins and even just the simple idea that Maui dolphins may go extinct before my life ends is repulsive, i want to be able to witness their recovery as a species, i want to help change the Maui dolphins future!
nadine :D

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