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PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

PWS Fire Update - Monday 11 February 2019

11/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.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.