Curio and Porpoise Bay - Catlins

Patrolling Curio and Porpoise Bay in the Catlins; pictured here with some of our clients. The Catlins is a growing tourist area and people from all over the world come here to see the Pahu (Hector’s dolphins) which can often be seen just from the beach.  The incorrectly named “Porpoise Bay” comes from a time when early European settlers had no idea Pahu were endemic inshore dolphins only found in Aotearoa. We’ve patrolled here a number of times in the Loki and observed up to fifteen individuals. Ten years ago DOC estimated there were fifty.

                                                Commercial fishing vessel in vicinity