Annotated Bibliography On Irrawaddy Dolphin Preservation Essay

1352 Words Feb 13th, 2015 6 Pages
Irrawaddy Dolphin Preservation When we think of endangered species we generally think about the most threatened animals such as polar bears or pandas but those are not the only endangered species. There are also threatened animals that nobody thinks about such as dolphins, more specifically The Irrawaddy Dolphin. The Irrawaddy Dolphin is not a well-known species of dolphin because it is not as common as the Bottlenose Dolphin. An organization called World Wildlife Fund has an article titled “Irrawaddy Dolphin” on its website that provides information about the Irrawaddy Dolphin. The article claims that The Irrawaddy Dolphin (also known as The Mekong River Dolphin) is a 6-9 feet long, bluish to grayish colored dolphin that is distinguished by its “bulging forehead and a short beak” and can be located in small populations around Southeast Asia’s estuaries and bays (“Irrawaddy Dolphin”). The Irrawaddy Dolphin’s rarity is the result of its rapidly declining population. Dolphin populations are determined by surveys which are conducted within a certain range and are reported as so many dolphins spotted within a specific area. A survey that was conducted in 2000 spotted 77 Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Mahakam River located in Thailand while another survey, taken in 2001, reported only a few tens of Irrawaddy Dolphins in the same area (“Irrawaddy Dolphin”). The Irrawaddy Dolphin population is rapidly decreasing in such a short amount of time. Therefore, precautionary measures should…

Related Documents