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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Spectacled Porpoise

Drawing by Graham Sanders
The Spectacled Porpoise is blue-black above and white underneath including white flippers. They have a small head and black lips and a dark line running to their dorsal fin which is large and rounded. They are one of the smallest dolphins reaching just over 2m and 80kg. They show characteristic porpoising behaviour at sea rolling slowly before swimming rapidly just beneath the surface and arch their back on diving exposing the distinctive dorsal fin.

General Information

Spectacled Porpoises generally occur singly or in groups of two or three and probably feed on fish and squid. They occur in the southern hemisphere and appear to prefer Antarctic and Subantarctic waters.

Stranding Information

Spectacled Porpoises have been recorded from New Zealand, South Australia and Tasmania. Australian strandings have occurred following below average sea levels and cold currents coming closer to Tasmania and South Australia.