Was discovered at low tide, stranded very high on the beach near high tide level.
Approximately 2m long. Still alive, and with the help of DOC staff from Hokitika, was able to be refloated.
Oceanic dolphins are members of the cetacean family Delphinidae. These marine mammals are related to whales and porpoises. They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves. As the name implies, these dolphins tend to be found in the open seas, unlike the river dolphins, although a few species such as the Irrawaddy dolphin are coastal or riverine.