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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

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

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.