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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

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.