The Fresh Water Dolphins Day is celebrated on the 24th of October every year.
These freshwater dolphins are known to measure the health of rivers where they live - If their numbers are thriving, then that means the water systems are thriving as well. Sadly, their numbers are declining, and that’s a sign of a bad ecosystem altogether.
There are five extant species of river dolphins left in the world, and their existence is threatened by pollution, catch and shipping.
One of the most threatened species of River Dolphins is the Irrawaddy Dolphins. It is estimated there are around less than 100 individuals left in the wild. Irrawaddy Dolphins have a unique look among dolphins. They have a blunt snout and high, rounded forehead. In South and Southeast Asia, they are found in rivers Ayeyarwady (Myanmar), the Mahakam (Indonesian Borneo), and the Mekong. Like most river dolphins, the mammals' transition between fresh and sea waters.
Photo courtesy of Mavic Matillano
Facts about Irrawaddy Dolphin:
Why are Irrawaddy dolphins important?
Photo courtesy of Dipani Sutaria.
Irrawaddy Dolphin is considered an endangered species due to human-related threats like agriculture due to pesticides use which causes pollution, and gold mining. There has been a high decrease in numbers over the last 50 years due to habitat degradation and destruction, injuries and pollution. The dolphin main threats are fishnets entanglement and habit degradation. Overfishing is also a threat in that it leaves them with no or small amount of food to feed on.
Healthy rivers equal rich biodiversity and large fish stock hence sustainable eco-tourism and livelihoods of the local communities. To save the lives of Irrawaddy dolphins, sustainable fishing practices need to be adopted and tracking the dolphins.
Irrawaddy Inspired Brooch:
She Loves Blooms designed Sedna with Snubbie Dolphin to raise awareness around endangered dolphins. The brooch design was inspired by the Irrawaddy Dolphins and led me to read more about melon head beakless dolphins. Did you know there are around four other melon head dolphins – the Risso Dolphin (Canada), Yangtze Porpoise and Australia’s Snubfin Dolphin?
Wishing you a flippin' week!
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