A male Irrawaddy dolphin was found dead with a wound to its head by Kandal fishermen along the Mekong River yesterday afternoon. It was the second of the endangered creatures to be found dead in less than three weeks.
The 215-kilogram dolphin was discovered in Lvea Em district’s Akrei Khsat commune by fisherman Ou Vat, 34, and his son. They brought it to local authorities who transferred it to the fisheries office for examination.
“We saw blood on its head, so we brought it to local authorities,” Vat said.
Klaing Van Thol, director of Kandal province’s Fishery Administration, said the cause of death was yet to be determined.
“It’s the first case of a dolphin found dead in Kandal,” said Van Thol, adding that the dolphin must have swum out of the preservation area.
However, Preab Kosal, a Chaktomok Fishery Bureau official, suggested illegal fishing as a likely cause of death.