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Irrawaddy Dolphins

The Irrawaddy Dolphin is one of the Mekong River's most fascinating creatures, and one its most endangered. From the thousands that populated the Mekong and its tributaries in Cambodia and Southern Laos as recently as the 1970's, it's now estimated there are less than 100 left.
The dark blue to grey cetaceans grow to 2.75 m long and are recognisable by their bulging foreheads and small dorsal fins.
Among the Lao and Kmer, Irrawaddy dolphins are traditionally considered reincarnated humans and there are many stories of dolphins having saved the lives of fishermen or villagers who have fallen into the river or been attacked by crocodiles. This cultural beliefs mean neither the Lao nor the Kmer intentionally capture dolphins for food or sport.
General gill netting, grenade and dynamite fishing in Cambodia, as well as water pollution has inevitably taken its toll on the dolphins.
Boats can be chartered from the old French pier at the south end of Don Khon and bring you to a small island that ooks over e deep-water conservation zone. As this is Cambodia you have to pay custom fee (USA $ 1 a person)

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2008
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