Irrawaddy Dolphin IUCN announces endangered classified

Irrawaddy Dolphin

IUCN red list classification as endangered

Scientific Name:Orcaella brevirostris
English name: Irrawaddy Dolphin
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Delphinidae
Link to Red List page:  Irrawaddy Dolphin red list


He is a oceanic dolphin but he stay near the coast and the estuaries of big rivers like the Mekong River in Cambogia

Irrawaddy dolphin

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He can weight betwenn 90 to 200 kg and to be up to 2.3 mt

Where to find:

Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia


Irrawaddy dolphin is very intelligent like all the dolphins, he looks like beluga but is more close at the killer whale. Is very nice and he collaborate with fisherman helping they to fish.

Major risk:

the major risk is that share the same habitat with humans so is in conflict with human activity, according with IUCN the local fisherman confirm that major responsible of dolphin deaths is the entanglement in large-mesh. In Cambodia, responsible of is decline the technique of fishing used, unfortunately in this country during the war the locals discovered the effect of the bomb in the water. So they start to use explosive for fishing, the problem of this deprecate and forbidden technique is the devastation of ecosystem, indeed with explosion all the part of ecosystem included vegetables are invested by the shock wave. With explosion you don’t kill your prey only, you’ll kill all the fish and dolphins around the explosion.

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