Mekong River Dolphins Almost Extinct

Heavy pollution in the Mekong river has pushed freshwater dolphins in Cambodia and Laos to the brink of extinction, the

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has said. Reported by the BBC, WWF said that only 64 to 76 dolphins remain in the

Mekong.

High toxic levels of pesticides, mercury and other pollutants have been found in more than 50 calves that have died since

2003. The group said it was investigating how contamination had entered the Mekong, and has called for a cross-border plan to

help the dolphins survive.

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