Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Dolphin found dead in Stung Treng pleasance

Dolphin found dead in Stung Treng pleasance

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The 180kg Irrawady dolphin was found dead in Stung Treng’s Borei O’Svay Sen Chey district. Information Ministry

Dolphin found dead in Stung Treng pleasance

A 180kg Irrawady dolphin in the Ochheuteal dolphin pleasance in Preah Rumkel commune of Stung Treng province’s Borei O’Svay Sen Chey district was found dead on June 14, most likely from natural age-related causes.

Anlong Svay village chief Sorn Pan – who is also the head of river guards – told The Post on June 15 that the carcass was 230cm long. A fisherman found it while casting his net in the evening of June 14.

“It died on June 12 in the evening, because in the morning of June 13 we could not find it. On June 14 it was found dead,” he said.

“The fisherman had cast his net that night and he found it and then reported it to the commune. Our guards went to inspect the scene,” he said, adding that veterinary specialists had performed an autopsy on the dolphin.

“This is very regretful. There were only two dolphins and now one is gone with just one remaining,” Pan said.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Cambodia) country director Seng Teak told The Post on June 15 that the dead dolphin was a female and there were no wounds or marks left on its body that would indicate foul play.

“Our team suspects that it may have died from aging. It was maybe 25 to 30 years of age and the dolphins live from 20 to 30 years on average,” he said.

He added that from at least 2017 onward there had been three dolphins in the Ochheuteal dolphin pleasance bordering Laos. Then in April 2021, a dolphin died. And now in June, another dolphin has died – meaning there is only one dolphin left there.

Teak continued that dolphins in the Ochheuteal pleasance upstream have never met with those in the Anlong Kampi pleasance downstream. So, it is concerning for the dolphin’s reproduction and survival.

Teak said that due to problems related to sedimentary deposits, the dolphins have all gradually been dying over time. Prior to 2007, he said, the Ochheuteal dolphin pleasance had at least 15 dolphins.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • Locally-trained commercial pilots to lift Cambodia’s aviation standard

    The Kingdom is boosting its civil aviation sector with the establishment of a flight school with a local airline to meet growth demands once air travel recovers At 22, First Officer Reachta Lim is the youngest commercial pilot in Cambodia. He flies with the national flag