The Fisheries Administration-WWF’s Mekong Dolphin Research Team has been filled with joy after another newborn dolphin calf has been recorded for the Mekong’s Irrawaddy dolphin population, according to WWF-Cambodia.
This is the fourth newborn dolphin for 2021, underlined the same source, adding that the research team estimated this new calf was about two days old when they spotted it on May 21 swimming alongside other ten adult dolphins in the Kampi pool, Kratie province.
On May 21, WWF published a statement to welcome the third calf birth while urging more actions to save the species from going extinct in the Mekong River.
The Mekong’s Irrawaddy dolphin is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. The 2020 census of its population by the Fisheries Administration and WWF showed only 89 individuals still swim in the Mekong River.
Between January and May 2021, the research team unfortunately recorded four dolphin mortalities of which one adult died by the entanglement in gillnet and the other adult died due to old age, while the cause the calf death is unknown.
With similar mortality rate recorded between January and May 2020, WWF’s scientists find the trend worrisome and urge the need of even more collective actions and stronger conservation measures to save the species from extinction.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press