New Population of Rare Irrawaddy Dolphins Found in Palawan, Philippines

Some Irrawaddy dolphin populations are classified by IUCN as critically endangered.

Palawan, Philippines / April 27, 2013 – A new Philippine population of critically-endangered Irrawaddy dolphins was reported recently by WWF-Philippines. Spotted by chance off Quezon, Palawan in Western Philippines, this pod of rare marine mammals, locally called Lampasut, was observed displaying typical behavior, foraging for prey around lift net fish traps sitting approximately one kilometer offshore. WWF staff reported seeing at least 20 individuals in just one sighting. This is a relatively large sized pod for this uncommon species, where groups of fewer than six individuals are most common. Previous…

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