After the third dolphin was found dead, within a short period of time, the WWF issued an alarming message.
“It is an increasingly alarming situation and the need for intense law enforcement is being rapidly implemented in dolphin habitats,” the WWF wrote in a statement. statement on Monday.
It was CBS News who mentioned it for the first time.
It is believed that the death of the last freshwater dolphin occurred as a result of illegal hunting.
The statement highlighted the need for prosecution to help save the species, also called the Irrawaddy dolphin.
– Illegal fishing
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the carcass of an intact dolphin was found floating in the Mekong River, east of the Kratie Province of Cambodia.
The Irrawaddy dolphin, estimated to be between seven and ten years old, 196 cm long and 93 kg in weight, was found wrapped in fishing line.
Seng Tek, WWF Cambodia director, said in a statement that if immediate action is not taken “following an increase in cases of illegal hunting in dolphin protection areas,” Cambodia’s population of Mekong river dolphins will become extinct.
The WWF proposes to deploy more coastal patrols, both at night and during the day, to take care of the remaining dolphins in the river.
In 1997, it was estimated that there were a total of about 200 Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia. In 2020, it is estimated that the dolphin population has decreased to 89 dolphins.
The Irrawaddy dolphin is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Dolphin species are also found in two other freshwater rivers in Myanmar and Indonesia.
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