July 6, 2022
Rare Irrawaddy Dolphins spotted in Indonesian Waters

Rare Irrawaddy Dolphins spotted in Indonesian Waters

A few of the greatest minds in the world live in the seas. Back in 2012, and for the very first time, Irrawaddy dolphins were spotted in West Kalimantan, a part of Indonesian Borneo which is well known for its rich wildlife and thick tropical forests.

Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) jumping from water. Captive, Thailand.

Also called orcaella brevirostris, the rare dolphins were found throughout a research in by WWF-Indonesia and the Regional Workplace for Marine, Coastal & Resources Administration Pontianak (BPSPL).

” The existence of Irrawaddy dolphins in West Kalimantan waters was previously unidentified, so we are excited with the results of this preliminary research and hope this will assist reveal info on the population and distribution of this unique species.”.

Albertus Tjiu, WWF-Indonesia’s Conservation Biologist, and among the study’s leading researchers.

A group of Humpback dolphins was likewise encountered by the team, which highly evidences just how rich the biodiversity of the Kalimantan waters are.

Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) spitting water. Captive, Thailand.

” The results of this study indicate the importance of protecting the dolphins’ environment, from the beginnings of the rivers in the Heart of Borneo.”.

Albertus Tjiu.

” To the reduced rivers of the island, consisting of rivers of Batu Ampar mangroves and nypah forests, the narrow straits and the coastal areas of Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan.”.

Albertus Tjiu.

Globally, there are around 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, with the majority in the coastal waters of Bangladesh.

The staying population is scattered throughout Southeast Asia and can be located in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the northeastern coastline of Australia.

Irrawaddy dolphins are classified as vulnerable by the IUCN, but in some areas– including the Mekong River, the Ayeyawardi River, and the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan– the species is noted as seriously endangered.