The Irrawady Dolphin is almost extinct !

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It is part of the way of life here, throwing and dumping everything in the river ! From domestic wastes to industrial ones, the water no longe holds even a muddy aspect, it is inderscribable. It sends shivers to the spine to think of the huge amount of toxic materials the water is carrying. And killing its wildlife with it. Without blinking an eye !

See the pics of these magnificent dolphins  here.

Mekong river dolphin near extinct: WWF

June 18, 2009

Pollution in South-East Asia’s Mekong River has pushed freshwater dolphins in Cambodia and Laos to the brink of extinction, an international conservation group said on Thursday.

The World Wide Fund For Nature said only 64 to 76 Irrawaddy dolphins remain in the Mekong after toxic levels of pesticides, mercury and other pollutants were found in more than 50 calves who have died since 2003.

“These pollutants are widely distributed in the environment and so the source of this pollution may involve several countries through which the Mekong River flows,” said WWF veterinary surgeon Verne Dove in a press statement.

The organisation said it was investigating how environmental contaminants got into the Mekong, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.

The WWF added that Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia and Laos urgently needed a health programme to counter the effects of pollution on their immune systems.

The Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin, which inhabits a 190-kilometre stretch in Cambodia and Laos, has been listed as critically endangered since 2004, the WWF said.

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