Ir­rawaddy dol­phin found dead

The Myanmar Times - - News - MG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

AN Ir­rawaddy dol­phin has been found dead in the Aye­yarwady River con­ser­va­tion area north of Man­dalay, its cause of death un­known, U Han Win, a mem­ber of the Ir­rawaddy dol­phin con­ser­va­tion team, said on Au­gust 21.

“When we found it, it was al­ready de­com­posed. But we saw cuts and bruises on its tail. We have to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of death, whether it is be­cause of fish­er­men or nat­u­ral causes,” he said.

The dead dol­phin, thought to be aged about 50, was the first death re­ported this year, said U Han Win.

It was found in the con­ser­va­tion area be­tween Thone Sal vil­lage and Sin Kyaun, in Ma­daya town­ship, Man­dalay Re­gion. The lat­est sur­vey con­ducted showed 24 dol­phins in the con­ser­va­tion area and 40 more along the up­per Aye­yarwady River and around Ba­maw.

“If there are no ac­tiv­i­ties of il­le­gal fish­ing and pan­ning for gold, we could see an in­crease in the dol­phin pop­u­la­tion. Oth­er­wise, more dol­phins could die be­cause of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties. We would like to see more po­lice ac­tion against il­le­gal fish­ing and pan­ning for gold,” said U Aung Ko Latt of Kyauk Myaung. – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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