30 Jul '14, 4pm

Why freshwater dolphins are among the world’s most endangered mammals - The Ecologist -

Why freshwater dolphins are among the world’s most endangered mammals - The Ecologist -

Habitat fragmentation and water withdrawals from rivers in Pakistan are extreme, negatively affecting human communities, eroding the delta, destroying fisheries and concentrating pollutants. Flipper , dolphin tattoos and the performing dolphins of SeaWorld all share one thing in common: the ocean. But although sea-loving dolphins dominate popular imagination, lesser known sentient cetaceans do, in fact, exist outside of salty waters. They are the river dolphins, comprised of several species that are specially adapted to inhabit freshwater bodies around the world. Habitats include the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra , Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers in Asia, as well as South America's Amazon river system. River dolphins never rose to Flipper-esque fame, probably in part due to their rarity. While bottlenose dolphins are regularly sighted off the majority of the world's coasts and ar...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/Blogs/2498...

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