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Irrawaddy dolphins sighted in Negros Occidental coastal waters

By: - Correspondent / @carlagomezINQ
/ 02:12 PM May 11, 2018

This pregnant Irrawaddy dolphin was spotted in the coastal waters of Bago City Thursdays. Kaila Ledesma-Trebol, Contributor

BACOLOD CITY – At least two Irrawaddy dolphin calves were spotted in the coastal waters of Bago City in Negros Occidental around 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Also spotted was a pregnant Irrawaddy dolphin, said Mark de la Paz, leader of the University of St. La Salle Center for Research and Engagement team that is studying the dolphins.

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“This brings a glimmer of hope to their very small population, which was estimated to be between 9 to 19 in the Guimaras Strait,” he said.

Irrawaddy dolphins have been declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, he added.

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“Hopefully the calves will survive. They are the most vulnerable,” De la Paz said.

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TAGS: Bago City, endangered species, Guimaras Strait, Irrawaddy dolphin, Mark de la Paz, University of St. La Salle Center for Research and Engagement
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