In 2012, a study conducted by the Regional Office for Marine and WWF-Indonesia found Irrawaddy dolphins in West Kalimantan, a region in Indonesian Borneo known for its dense tropical forests and wildlife. Albertus Tjiu, one of the leading scientists of the study, observed that the rare dolphins were fishing at a slow pace with a maximum recorded catch of 25. Tjiu, who is also a Conservation Biologist at WWF-Indonesia, added that the study also encountered a pod of Humpback dolphins.
Generally, there are approximately 6000 Irrawaddy dolphins in the world, making them an endangered species. They can be found in the northeastern coast of Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Southeast Asia. However, the majority of them reside in the coastal waters of Bangladesh.
Irrawaddy Dolphins, also known as Orcaella brevirostris, are able to spit water, as seen in this video of a captive dolphin in Thailand.
Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) leaping out of water. Captive, Thailand.
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