A new study released today reveals a method to improve the monitoring of the Endangered Ganges river dolphin – one of only four remaining freshwater cetaceans since the Yangtze River dolphin became extinct in 2007.
River dolphins (also known as botos) are among the rarest, and most endangered, dolphins in the world. Three of the four known species are listed as “threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The discovery of a wholly new species—the first such find in a century—is thus exciting news for biologists and conservation officials.
Bautizada Araguaia (Inia araguaiaensis) en honor al río donde fue encontrada, la especie es la quinta de su tipo que se conoce en el mundo. Según los investigadores, que publicaron su estudio en la revista especializada Plos One, la Araguaia se separó de otras especies de río sudamericanas hace más de dos millones de años.
Bangladesh is declaring three areas in the southern Sundarbans mangrove forest as dolphin sanctuaries to protect freshwater dolphins, officials say.
The population of finless porpoises, an endangered species of freshwater dolphin that lives in China’s Yangtze River, may decrease by over 80 percent over the next 30 years, experts said on Thursday after conducting a field survey along the river.
The dead dolphins were reported to be floating near different gates of the Sukkar Barrage for hours. The officials of Wildlife Department reached the spot but left without pulling the dolphins out of the river. Local residents turned up in huge numbers to get a glimpse of the dead fish. Deputy Conservator of Wildlife Department Taj Muhammad said that an investigative committee has been formed to look into the matter.
A lingering drought in the lower and middle reaches of China’s Yangtze River has endangered the survival of aquatic animals, including the river’s dolphins, an environmental expert said Tuesday.
The survival of finless porpoises, a highly-endangered freshwater dolphin in China’s Yangtze River, is under threat from lingering drought as the river’s water level keeps dropping, experts warned Tuesday.
Intensive activities of sand mining and fishing, coupled with various forms of pollution are driving the Gangetic dolphin from its larger habitat in the Brahmaputra River into its tributaries and closer to extinction, an ongoing study has found.
The Amazon Forest – often called the lungs of the Earth – suffered a large drought in 2005 and an even larger one in 2010, devastating populations of river dolphins and other species and leading many climate scientists to fear the worst.