Rare dolphin heading for extinction
The rare Asian dolphin has moved closer to extinction in Cambodia after a series of deaths in fishing nets over the past few weeks, officials said on Wednesday.india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 13:25 IST
The rare Asian dolphin has moved closer to extinction in Cambodia after a series of deaths in fishing nets over the past few weeks, officials said on Wednesday.
Two baby dolphins were found dead in nets on Monday, taking the toll to 10 since December, said Leang Seng of the fishery office in Kratie Province, 210 km northeast of Phnom Penh where 90 of the mammals lived.
There are believed to be about 1,000 of the dolphins alive, with other groups being found in Thai coastal estuaries and a few other freshwater areas. Seng said it appeared unlikely Cambodia could save its population because villagers dependent on fish for protein ignored orders not to spread nets in areas where the dolphin lived.
Most of the dolphins killed over the past few weeks were young calves, adding to the dire prospects for the population, at its most vulnerable during the current season when the river’s level is low.