Dolphin Population Goes Extinct After Its Last Member Gets Entangled in Fishing Gear

A freshwater dolphin population has gone extinct in northeastern Cambodia after the last member got tangled in fishing gear and died.

The Irrawaddy dolphin was found dead on a riverbank on February 15. It was the last one living on a particular stretch of the Mekong River in Stung Treng province.

Irrawaddy dolphins are found in coastal areas of South and Southeast Asia. They only live in three rivers: the Ayeyarwady in Myanmar, the Mahakam in Indonesian Borneo, and the Mekong in Cambodia.

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