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Mekong Dolphin in Danger, Say Experts
By Wendy Heller, March 6, 2008 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
Source: Iol.co.za

A sharp drop in the number Mekong dolphins born in Cambodia has renewed fears for the survival of the rare mammals, wildlife experts said on Wednesday.

Only three baby dolphins, one of them dead, were found during an annual survey conducted in November 2007, down from six newborns in previous years, Touch Seang Tana said.

Their weight had also dropped to under 2 kg from 5 kg in the 1980s, the chairperson of the Commission for Mekong Dolphins Conservation said.

"A group of 10 full-grown dolphins living in the upper Mekong River had no babies at all this year," he said, blaming a shortage of fish and rising water temperatures which might have affected their reproductive systems...



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