August 19, 2016

Irrawaddy dolphin spotted outside normal habitat range

Fishermen and boat operators have reported sightings of a rare Irrawaddy dolphin at the Sar Phyu Gyi Confluence of the Ayeyawady Delta, in an area where the aquatic mammals are not normally found.
“I have been seeing him for a year,” fisherman U Myo Gyi said. “His body and beak is not the same as others.”
Boat transportation line owner U Kyaw Naing said he had seen the dolphin while en route to Yangon.
“During pleasant weather, there are more chances to see him,” U Kyaw Naing said. “It would be safer for him if the authorities took care of him.”
General Secretary of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation U Win Kyaing said it was unusual for an Irrawaddy dolphin to be seen in the area.
“The Irrawaddy dolphin can be seen upper in parts of Myanmar such as Tagaung and Katha,” he said. “It is not normal to see him there. We need to take care of him and promote local awareness for dolphins.”
According to records, there were only 60 Irrawaddy dolphins left in Myanmar in 2014.  A 72-kilometre stretch of the Ayeyawady River from Mingun in Sagaing region to Kyaukmyaung is a designated dolphin protection area.


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