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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

New Mt Mawson Shelter officially opened ahead of ski season

29/03/2019

The new Mt Mawson Public Shelter was today officially opened and will provide a new level of amenity for southern Tasmania's only ski field, as well as upgraded facilities for bushwalkers heading to the iconic Tarn Shelf walk in Mt Field National Park.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.