New Zealand dolphins to 'go the way of the dodo' because of cruel fishing methods

  • 'If we don't act, the only place you'll find a Maui's dolphin is stuffed in a museum' says researcher
  • Fewer than 22 breeding females are left in the wild
  • First time in history a cetacean would have been wiped out by human activity

The world's smallest and most endangered dolphin 'will die out' unless radical changes are made to fishing, say scientists.

It would be the first time in history that a 'cetacean' - the order of animals including whales, dolphins and porpoises - has been wiped out by human activity.

Maui's dolphins, found near New Zealand, drown after becoming trapped in the heavy duty nylon fishing mesh - and fewer than 22 breeding females are left in the world.

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