Bottlenose dolphinHe terehu

Bottlenose dolphin
Tursiops truncatus

Bottlenose dolphin skull. Te Papa (MM002986)

Opo the dolphin

In 1955, a female bottlenose made Opononi Beach in Hokianga her summer home. ‘Opo’ frolicked with locals and juggled balls on her ihu. She quickly became a national celebrity, attracting thousands of visitors.

Opo the dolphin, Opononi, 1956, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Te Papa (F.005006/02)

Range of bottlenose dolphin

Range of bottlenose dolphin, in blue. Illustration by Te Papa