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In the waters surrounding New Zealand there live a number of dolphin species, each of which has evolved unique strategies to survive in the different habitats.

Off the iconic Kaikoura Peninsula, huge pods of dusky dolphins spend their nights feeding out in an underwater canyon, and in early morning they rest and play closer to shore. The majestic landscape of Fiordland is home to the bottlenose dolphins who have adapted to the extreme cold down here by growing bigger and fatter. In the bays and coves which slice into the Banks Peninsula, the small and rare Hector’s dolphins communicate via clicks at a very high frequency. And off the North Island, common dolphins use their echo-location to hunt in the open ocean. The ability of all these dolphins to pass on knowledge in their family pods is paramount for every aspect of life.