Cambodia records first rare Mekong River dolphin death this year

A rare Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin has been found dead after being entangled in fishermen’s illegal gillnets in north-east Cambodia, the Fisheries Administration said in a statement.

The 2.38m-long male dolphin, weighing 160kg and about 20 years old, was spotted dead on Sunday morning in the Mekong River in Stung Treng province, said the statement.

“The joint research team of Fisheries Administration and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) primarily assessed that the cause of the death was gillnets since there were tears on its stomach, and gillnet marks on its tail base and pelvic fins,” the statement said.

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