Friday, June 03, 2011

Australian Snubfin Dolphins - appalling!

The decomposed bodies of the two discarded Snubfin Dolphins.

More bad news from Oz.
The Australian Snubfin Dolphin has only been described since 2005 and is considered near threatened, this however with the caveat that there is data deficiency and that the population may well qualify for endangered status. It is primarily threatened by encroachment and anthropogenic habitat degradation and like its unfortunate and nearly extinct cousin the Vaquita, by accidental drowning in gill nets and Shark nets. These are apparently small isolated populations and the loss of even a few individuals may result in the demise of those local populations.
With that in mind, this story is particularly appalling.

Kudos to the WWF for looking into this.

Full story here.

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