The Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin found in discontinuous subpopulations near sea coasts and in estuaries and rivers in parts of the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia.
Irrawaddy dolphins are more susceptible to human conflict than most other dolphins who live farther out in the ocean. Drowning in gill nets is the main threat to th ...
em throughout their range. The majority of reported dolphin deaths in all subpopulations is due to accidental capture and drowning in gill nets and dragnets, and in the Philippines, bottom-set crab nets.
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It is quite interesting that while we are observing the Month of the Ocean this May, the Irrawaddy dolphins have been sighted again in the coastal waters of Bago City in Negros Occidental.
This paper reported Friday the spotting of two Irrawaddy dolphin calves and a pregnant one by the team of researchers from the Bacolod-based University of Saint La Salle Center for Research and Engagement that has been conducting studies on the species in Guimaras Strait, particularly at the coastal waters of Bago City and the adjacent Pulupandan town. The dolphins have been noted at around 10 a.m. Thursd ...
At least two Irrawaddy dolphin calves were spotted in the coastal waters of Bago City in Negros Occidental around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Also spotted was a pregnant Irrawaddy dolphin, said Mark de la Paz, leader of the University of St. La Salle Center for Research and Engagement team that is studying the dolphins.
"This brings a glimmer of hope to their very small population, which was estimated to be between 9 to 19 in the Guimaras Strait," he said.
Irrawaddy dolphins have been declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, he added.
"Hopefully the calve ...
Thanks to the movie "Flipper", dolphins have become one of the most loved creatures, especially by children. Because of their playful and friendly nature, most people would not pass up an opportunity to see these finned mammals in person. You dont have to go far to do so; dolphins do thrive in Philippine shores. One of the places you can go to is the Malampaya Sound Land and Seascape Protected Area in the town of Taytay, located in the northwestern portion of Palawan.
It was the middle of August, and after weeks of monsoon rains at Negros Island, the weather finally relented and gave way to a sunny day. The dark clouds dissipated, and one could see as far as the distant mountains of Panay Island across the Guimaras Strait. The sea was calm. ?It?s a beautiful day,? marine biologist Mark de la Paz beamed, as our bangka (outrigger canoe) departed past 7 AM from the black-sand beach of Pulupandan ? a municipality 25km south of Bacolod City.
Irrawaddy dolphins exist in small isolated populations in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia. The freshwater sub-populations exist in three rivers: the Ayeyarwady (formerly Irrawaddy) in Myanmar, the Mahakam in Indonesian Borneo and the Mekong. In the Mahakam River they may number as few as 34 animals. The Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins inhabit a 190 km stretch of the river between Cambodia and Lao PDR and are scarce ??" between 78 and 91 individuals are estimated to still exist.
There are usually no more than 10 animals to a group, and solitary individuals are rarely seen.
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When people hear the word "Palawan", they usually think of beautiful El Nido, breathtaking Coron Island, and bustling Puerto Princesa. But, if you're planning to spend your vacation in the Palawan province, take note that these aren't the only places you can explore. If you want to make your trip more special and memorable, you should also make it a point to visit the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape Area.
Located in the northwestern part of the province, this area covers more than 200,000 hectares of land and water and has become famous for its rich biodiversity. By taking ...