On our stop at the Pancake Rock, just north of the Franz Joseph Glacier, we ran across several small pods of Hector Dolphins. I have to admit, I know nothing about these dolphins, but everyone sure excited to see them. A quick Wiki check, tells me that they are actually very small, the smallest oceanic dolphin, at 1.2 to 1.4 meters. There are two subspecies, the ones we found on the South Island, and the critically endangered subspecies on the west coast of the North Island. The North Island dolphins numbers less than 60 total in 2011, but there was no new news as the their current population. I can tell you that they are incredibly beautiful, and feel privileged to have seen them, and gotten to take a few photos.