The Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is a species of dolphin found near coasts and in estuaries in parts of south-east Asia. The Irrawaddy Dolphin was identified by Sir Richard Owen in 1866 and is the only species in its...
One of the earliest recorded descriptions of the Irrawaddy dolphin was by Sir
Richard Owen in 1866 based on a specimen found in 1852, in the harbour of ...
Irrawaddy dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia, and
in three rivers: the Ayeyarwady (Myanmar), the Mahakam (Indonesian Borneo) ...
The Irrawaddy dolphin exists in small isolated populations around Southeast
Asia. Some populations are close to extinction such as the those in the Mekong ...
It has a round head and no beak and is occassionally mistaken for a beluga whale or a porpoise (Source: Shah).
Like other river dolphins
, the Irrawaddy dolphin
is shy and travels in small groups. Irrawaddy dolphins
along the Mekong rivers are reported to help fisherm... More »
Taxonomic Notes: Dolphins of the genus Orcaella were recently split into two
species, the Irrawaddy Dolphin Orcaella brevirostris and the Snub-fin Dolphin O.
Irrawaddy dolphins live in both saltwater and freshwater in South and Southeast
Asia. They are widespread in coastal areas, but they now only survive in three ...
Orcaella brevirostris species guide - The Irrawaddy dolphin is found in some of
the major rivers and coastal waters of Asia. Its habitat is under threat from human
Irrawaddy dolphins are discontinuously distributed mostly in the coastal, shallow,
brackish, or fresh turbid waters at the mouths of rivers in southeastern Asia.
In 2009, WCS researchers found 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins swimming in the
Sundarbans mangrove forest of Bangladesh and adjacent waters of the Bay of ...