via Khmer NZ
July 30, 2010
A Mekong river dolphin was found dead in Kratie province in Cambodian's north eastern part, a government official said Friday.
Touch Seang Tana, chairman of Cambodia's Commission for Conversation and Development of the Mekong River Dolphins Eco- tourism Zone, said the river dolphin believed at age of 27 was found dead on Thursday as it was netted in a laying fishing net in the stream.
He said the dolphin, male, was already old and it had swum out of the protected zone looking for foods and accidently spotted in the fishing net.
He said it weighed 156 kilograms with 2.3 meters long.
Touch Seang Tana estimated dolphins numbered at about 150 to 170 today are living in Cambodia's two provinces of Stung Treng and Kratie, while there were only about 120 in 2000.
Last year, International conservation watchdog, known as WWF issued a report saying and warning that pollution in the Mekong River has pushed the local population of Irrawaddy dolphins to the brink of extinction.
The Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin has been listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 2004.