The Irrawaddy Dolphin symbolizes the magnificence of the Mekong River and its continued high biodiversity. The latest population survey showed that only 80 Irrawaddy Dolphins inhabit the Mekong River.
Even this low number would make the Mekong subpopulation the largest of only five remaining critically endangered freshwater populations of this species in the world.
The Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) inhabits a 190km stretch of the mainstream Mekong River between Kratie, Cambodia and Khone Falls on the border with Lao PDR.
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Place Name: Irrawaddy Dolphin
Place Description: The Irrawaddy dolphin is a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin found in discontinuous subpopulations near sea coasts and in estuaries and rivers in parts of the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia.
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