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Irrawaddy Dolphin

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Lucas Moore

on 6 March 2013

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Irrawaddy Dolphin Luke Moore Bay of Bengal The Irrawaddy Dolphin lives wild in the Bay of Bengal, all the way to the Philippines. The dolphins can live in these seas and in freshwater water systems. Irrawaddy dolphins live in the ocean's near coasts and river mouths and also in estuaries. There are also populations living in the Ganges, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers. It's habitat ranges from the Bay of Bengal to the Philippines. Physical Characteristics The Irrawaddy dolphin has some key differences than a regular dolphin. It has no beak. The dolphin is grey to blue in color. At end of the dolphins growth it is about 8-10 feet long. Recently a group of 6,000 Irrawaddy Dolphins were found near Bangladesh this is about 1000 times more than we knew existed. Diet The Irrawaddy dolphin's eats bony fish, fish eggs, crustaceans and cephalopods. They eat by suctioning the fish into its mouth and then spitting out water to get rid of water ingested while eating or to herd fish for easier capture. Dangers In the Water Destruction of the Mangroves The Irrawaddy river currently has the fifth largest sedimentation rate in the world. This is were the Mayn-
mar Coastal Mangrov-
es inhabit. The forests
are being destroyed
to make way for agri-
culture. Australian Coast Gill Nets Nets are used to prevent shark attacks along the coast. The Irrawaddy dolphin is targeted because it lives near
the coast to enter
freshwater systems
inland. http://www.wcs.org/saving-wildlife/ocean-giants/irrawaddy-dolphin.aspx Wildlife Conservation Society Social Structure
The dolphins generally live in groups of 10 or less, but it is very seldom to see one alone.
Another danger for the dolphin is pregnancy with the gestation period at about 14 months.
The Irrawaddy dolphin spits water when socializing above water with other dolphins. The Irrawaddy Dolphin is often compared to the killer whale
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