Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Irrawaddy O Daddy

About 30 to 40 Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris), one of the world's rarest and most threatened species, have been spotted in the coastal waters of Negros Occidental province in Western Visayas, Philippines, according to GMA News TV.

Good news, although the backdrop is a common and sad species story. Species decline due to habitat loss because of people, or as the GMA News TV puts it: "the Irawaddy population declined drastically in recent years because the dolphins’ habitat overlaps with areas used by people".  According to the Visayan Daily Star news site, the Irrawaddy dolphins  are found mostly in Bago City and Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental.

It's always refreshing to see a species beat the odds, even if only temporarily.

Read the full story here.

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