3 new Irrawaddy dolphin babies found in Mandalay

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This file photo captures a baby Irrawaddy dolphin swimming in the Ayeyarwady River.

Three Irrawaddy dolphin calves were found again on 21 December when two fishermen were fishing between Mandalay and Kyaukmyaung. Of three dolphin babies, one is approximately 1 taung in length and two are approximately 2 taung in length, said U Aung Thin, one of the two fishermen who witnessed the dolphins.

 “Yes, we found three dolphin babies. They seem new breed of this year,” said U Aung Thin.

The finding of new dolphin babies is good news for new year, confirmed by an Irrawaddy dolphin expert and it means an increase in dolphin population, he said.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), hotel and travel operators and a fishery businessperson have now collaborated in initiating Irrawaddy dolphin watching tour in Mingun and Shwebo-Kyaukmyaung of Sagaing Region in Ayeyarwady River for foreign tourists who love dolphins and natural sceneries. This plan is expected to begin in early February 2024.

In order to conserve Irrawaddy dolphin population, the Fisheries Department and respective departments have been cooperating and in accordance with Freshwater Fisheries Law, actions are being taken against electro-fishing and gillnetting to protect dolphins from injury and death and education activities are being conducted in villages.

MT/ZS

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