Global environmental challenges
Good news on the marine front is about as rare as these days as a Grand Banks’ cod.
So it’s nice to be able to report that scientists have discovered a bigger than expected population of one of the world’s most endangered species of marine mammals — the Irrawaddy dolphin.
Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society announced this week that they estimated there were nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangrove forest and adjacent waters of the Bay of Bengal.
“Prior to this study, the largest known populations of Irrawaddy dolphins numbered in the low hundreds or less,” WCS said in a statement.