Three new Irrawaddy baby dolphins found in Mandalay

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A Irrawaddy baby dolphin swimming in the Ayeyawady River.

Three Irrawaddy calf dolphins were found again on 21 December when two fishermen were fishing between Mandalay and Kyaukmyaung. Of three baby dolphins, one is approximately one elbow (1.5 feet) in length and two are approximately two elbows in length, said U Aung Thin, one of the two fishermen who witnessed the dolphins.
“Yes, we found three baby dolphins. They seem new breed this year,” said U Aung Thin.
The finding of new baby dolphins is good news for the new year, confirmed by an Irrawaddy dolphin expert and it means an increase in dolphin population, he said.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), hotel and tourism operators, and a fishery businessperson have now collaborated in initiating the Irrawaddy dolphin-watching tour in the Ayeyawady River between Mingun and Shwebo-Kyaukmyaung of Sagaing Region for foreign tourists who love dolphins and natural sceneries.
This plan is expected to begin in early February 2024.
To conserve the Irrawaddy dolphin population, the Fisheries Department and respective departments have been cooperating, and under Freshwater Fisheries Law, actions are being taken against electro-fishing and gillnetting to protect dolphins from injury and death, and awareness activities are being conducted in villages. — MT/ZS

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