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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.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.