Irrawaddy Dolphin

  • Irrawaddy Dolphin is not a true river dolphin, but an oceanic dolphin that lives in brackish water near coasts, river mouths and in estuaries in South and Southeast Asia.
  • It has established subpopulations in freshwater rivers, including the Ganges and the Mekong, as well as the Irrawaddy River from which it takes its name.
  • Its habitat range extends from the Bay of Bengal to New Guinea and the Philippines.
  • They do not appear to venture off shore.
  • Protection Status: IUNC has classified it as Vulnerable in Red Data list.
  • Threats: Fishing nets, developmental projects like construction of dams, tourism and diseases.

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