White Flippered Penguins - Threats
It is very severely in decline and has endangered status with only about 3750 breeding pairs in existence and rapidly decreasing.Of these about 2100 nest on Banks peninsula and 1650 on Motunau Island.
They are predated on by stoats, ferrets, weasels (the mustelid family), dogs, cats, etc on land. Predation is very severe in mainland locations, mostly by ferrets. However conservationists have been trapping the predators with some success.
Its diet is similar to that of the Little Blue Penguin, feeding on small fish, small squid, krill and other crustaceans,
The penguins can be seen in the Akaroa harbour.