A rare Ayeyawady dolphin was found dead in the Ayeyawady River conservation area on 6 November.
U Kyaw Hla Thein, a conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (Myanmar), said the female dolphin was found with a stone tied to its tail.
“The dolphin may have died after getting caught in a fishing net. The string that was found tied to its tail is normally used in fishing nets. It seems someone tried to sink the dolphin’s carcass after it died.”
The dolphin measured 6 feet and one inch in length, and four feet in circumference.
A fisherman found the dead dolphin floating in the waters between Mandalay and Kyaukmyaung and informed the WCS.
As per the latest survey, the population of Ayeyawady dolphin stands at 76. Of these, 26 dolphins have been recorded in the between Mandalay and Kyaukmyaung area, 37 dolphins between Male Village and Shweku, and 13 between Hsinkhan and Bhamao.
The dolphin conservation area was expanded in August to include the 100-km-long stretch of water from Katha Township in Sagaing Region to Shweku Township in Kachin State.
(Translated by JT)