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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

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.