Irrawaddy dolphin population reaches 16 in Mingun

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Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mingun protected area of Ayeyawady River.

The number of Irrawaddy dolphins near the Mingun protected area has reached 16 individuals, according to the Irrawaddy Dolphin Protection Group of the Fisheries Department (Mandalay Region).

The group monitors the status of dolphins in the Mandalay-Kyaukmyaung area in the Ayeyawady River three times a month.

U Maung Maung Lay, chairman of the group, said: “When we inspected the area on 1 May, we spotted 16 dolphins near Mingun. We requested fishermen and villagers to inform us when they spot dolphin calves.”

The collaborative fishing technique between fishermen and dolphins becomes more prominent in the Mandalay-Kyaukmyaung area in the Ayeyawady River. This activity draws significant attention from visitors.

Likewise, visitors also journey to Ayekyun Village, renowned for its village-centred tourism, in Madaya Township, Mandalay Region, to lodge and observe the dolphins.— ASH/NT

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