The Irrawaddy Dolphin

The Most Glorious of Creatures

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Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)


Niche - The Irrawaddy dolphin has a relatively large range so it as a whole consumes a wide variety of crustaceans, squids and fish. It has no natural predators but it competes with other dolphin species which may kill or injure them.

Vulnerable - The species is endangered mostly due to bycatch, however they have an interesting relationship with native fishermen. Native fishermen use the dolphins to chase fish into their nets and then give them part of the catch, but islamic fishermen hunt and eat the dolphins which makes some people think they have learned to recognize different languages when nearing fishing vessels.

Future Prognosis - The dolphins actually don’t face loss of habitat beyond overfishing, they’re major threats are being caught as bycatch, hunted and caught to be put in aquariums. Humans could help protect them by boycotting the Asian fishing industry, and thus rendering many people jobless, but you would save the dolphins.


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