A newly-born Irrawaddy dolphin calf was found earlier this week by tourist-boat operators in Kampi dolphin pool in Kratie province’s Chetra Borey district.
A WWF-Cambodia statement said that the newly-born calf is the first one recorded this year.
It said on that on January 27, a group of dolphin-watching tourist-boat operators encountered a newly-born Irrawaddy dolphin calf in Kampi dolphin pool located in Sambok commune’s Kampi village and they reported the news to a tourism police officer based at Kampi resort.
A WWF-Cmbodia team in Kratie province went down to the area to look for the calf.
“Luckily, the team got to see the dolphin calf. The team took photos and videos of it swimming with other grown dolphins,” the statement said. “The newly-born dolphin calf was among six matured ones and it is the first calf to be recorded this month.”
WWF-Cambodia said that the new calf sighting shows the success of joint efforts in conserving the Irrawaddy dolphin between WWF-Cambodia and conservation partners such as the Fisheries Administration of the Agriculture Ministry, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism, fisheries communities, tourism agencies, authorities at provincial, district, and commune level and the private sector.
A previous WWF report said that nine dolphins were born last year.
The report also said that the dolphin population in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces had increased to 92 in 2017, the highest it had been in more than 20 years.
However, it noted that dolphin habitats in the Mekong continue to face threats.