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Rare Species of Dolphin Found Dead in Kampot Province

Kampot, June 11, 2024: A young Indo-Pacific finless porpoise was discovered deceased in Kampot province on June 10, reports the Marine Mammal Conservation team from Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC).

The team's examination identified the dolphin as an Indo-Pacific finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides), marking a significant yet somber finding as this species had not been previously recorded in the coastal waters of Kampot. This discovery indicates a notable increase in biodiversity in the area, suggesting that Cambodia’s marine fisheries sanctuaries are becoming increasingly hospitable to endangered species by providing enhanced food sources and safer habitats.

The Indo-Pacific finless porpoise is unique among its kind, being the only porpoise species without a true dorsal fin. Instead, it features a low ridge along its back covered with thick skin and adorned with tiny tubercles. This species also has a distinctly steep forehead compared to other porpoises. Native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, it also inhabits the freshwater regions of China’s Yangtze River basin.

This event, while tragic, highlights the rich marine biodiversity present in Cambodia's waters and underscores the importance of ongoing conservation efforts to protect such vulnerable species.

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