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Object Detail

Full skeleton of a Hector's Dolphin found on Wai-iti Beach 26 Jan 1979. Not available for loan or casual use.


Condition of specimen:- Sun scorched and decomposing.
Circumstances of stranding:- Found dead on beach.
Number of teeth (each side of jaw):- Upper right 24. Upper left 27. Lower jaw damaged.
Colour description and diagram: Colour gone.
Sex:- N/D


1. Length, total - 159.5cm
2. Tip of upper jaw to centre of eye - (not recorded)
3. Tip of upper jaw to corner of mouth - (not recorded)
4. Tip of upper jaw to blowhole - 23cm
5. Tip of upper jaw to front of flipper - 44.5cm
6. Tip of upper jaw to tip of dorsal fin - 91cm
7. Tip of upper jaw to centre of anus - (not recorded)
8. Girth, maximum (give distance from tip of upper jaw) - 120cm (66cm)
9. Length, flipper (anterior insertion to tip) - 22cm
10. Width, flipper (maximum) - 8.5cm
11. Width of tail flukes (tip to tip) - 33cm
12. Depth of notch between flukes - 2cm
13. Height, dorsal fin (tip to base) - 9cm
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