As we cruise through the beautiful Bay of Plenty we come across a small animal in the water, what could it be?
It’s the world’s smallest penguin!!
This penguin is known by many different names such as; little penguin, little blue penguin, fairy penguin, white-flippered penguin, and korora. As an adult these little penguins grow to be 33cm tall and about 43cm long. The little penguin is native to New Zealand and can be found around most of the coastline of New Zealand and also found on many islands.
These little penguins are nocturnal and spend the nights on land squawking about in the rocks. During the mating season little penguins are found within about 25 km of shore however, when they are not breeding they will travel further out to sea.
There are many colonies of these little penguins that are declining. Introduced predators such as cats, dogs, and ferrets are causing a decline to populations along with humans building or destroying important breeding grounds. Another threat to their population is the risk of entanglement in fishing nets.
It’s always nice to get a close up view of these cute little penguins and we have been seeing them out and about in the Bay of Plenty on most of our trips so far this year.
Hop aboard Dolphin Seafari and come find the world’s smallest penguin with us!