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Last known Irrawaddy dolphin in northeastern Cambodia dies after fishing net entanglement

  • The last known freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin in Northeastern Cambodia was found dead on Tuesday inside of a fishing net it had become entangled in.
  • The fishing net hindered the dolphin’s ability to properly swim or hunt, which led to its death.
  • Irrawaddy dolphins are considered a critically endangered species, with the total population dwindling to a mere 89 in 2020 from the 200 recorded in 1997.

The last known freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin in Northeastern Cambodia has died after getting caught in a fishing net on a riverbank of Stung Treng Province.

Cambodia’s Department of Fisheries Conservation announced the death of the freshwater dolphin, also known as the Mekong River dolphin, on its Facebook page on Wednesday, reported the Associated Press. The dolphin’s tail was reportedly seen tangled inside of a fishing net about a week before the animal’s remains were found.

Dolphin Family Huddles Together One Last Time Before Being Slaughtered By Fishermen in Japan

A video filmed in Taiji, Japan released by non-profit organization Dolphin Project has captured the heartbreaking and barbaric kick-off to the small Japanese village’s dolphin hunting season.

Taiji’s large-scale dolphin hunting was made famous by the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove” in 2010 and exposed the brutal “drive hunt” techniques used by the hunters where they herd large numbers of dolphins to shore.

Chinese Fisherman Caught Butchering Endangered Baby Dolphin on the Street

Disturbing images of a chopped up baby dolphin on a street in China has enraged netizens after going viral on local social media.

Sliced chunk pieces of the dolphin are seen lying in blood-soaked containers being peddled by fishermen in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, Shanghaiist reports. Local authorities have now launched an investigation into the shocking photos.