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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

Striped Dolphin

Drawing by Graham Sanders
Striped Dolphins are also known as the blue-white dolphin as they have blue and white lateral stripes that originate at their eyes. The belly is lighter than the sides and they have a blue grey dorsal cape. They have a long, well defined beak and tall, sickle-shaped dorsal fin. They reach up to 2.6m in length although most are around 2m in length. Striped Dolphins live in large pods that can be made up of mixed ages and sexes or subadults and may be in schools of several thousand. They are active and conspicuous at sea and will often bow ride, swim upside down or leap about 6m out of the water to do backward somersaults.

General Information

Striped Dolphins mature as teenagers and can live for nearly sixty years. They are a temperate to tropical species so were not typically a Tasmanian species although this may change with increased water temperatures. All sightings have been where the sea surface temperature exceeds 25 degrees. They generally calve every four years and newborns are about 1m long and are weaned by three years at about 1.7m. They generally feed on smaller fish, shrimp and squid.

Stranding Information

Striped Dolphins are infrequent stranders in Australian waters with records mostly from Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Tasmania has at least two recorded strandings for a total of seven individuals.