Irrawaddy dolphin found dead
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