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New river dolphin species discovered

Posted on Friday, 24 January, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

A river dolphin catches a fish. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Dennis Otten
Scientists in Brazil have identified the first new species of river dolphin in almost 100 years.
Considered to be some of the world's rarest animals, river dolphins can be found in a small number of rivers and estuaries across South America and Asia.

Up until now only four known species of river dolphin had ever been identified, but researchers working in Brazil believe that they've discovered a fifth species, one that lives in the Araguaia river basin.

With a population of fewer than 1,000 individuals, the new species is believed to have been separated from the Amazon river dolphin around two million years ago and shares many of the same traits.

Conservationists are worried however that the animals are already at risk and could soon disappear if efforts are not made to protect them.

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)

Tags: Dolphin

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by FLOMBIE on 24 January, 2014, 13:56
They don't hunt Brazilian river dolphins, mate. They go for the not endangered bottlenose dolphin.
Comment icon #3 Posted by WhyDontYouBeliEveMe on 24 January, 2014, 19:16
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MjM5NDM0NTA2Mg%3D%3D&mid=10100142&idx=7&sn=2338d5d305296bc264ba02c8620c3c69&scene=4#rd well at least the japanese eat it ! Denmark , thats what i call Genocide! see link !btw ! it Could be really SHOCKING to see ! YOU ARE WARNED !
Comment icon #4 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 24 January, 2014, 20:21
Don't tell Japan. They will just try to hunt it down and beat it to death, and all in the name of tradition.
Comment icon #5 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 24 January, 2014, 20:25
How would you like your river dolphin sir medium or well done.
Comment icon #6 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 24 January, 2014, 21:37
There might be another species, who knows?
Comment icon #7 Posted by rashore on 25 January, 2014, 0:16
I'm not sure how old that particular site is, but the pics used are at least as old as 2008. It's not calderon dolphins, it's pilot wales. The people that live there do eat what they kill, it's not killing for fun. Yes, that is a direct CCP from the other dolphin thread going on right now.
Comment icon #8 Posted by shaddow134 on 25 January, 2014, 1:07
What do Brazillian dolphins have to do with Japan ?
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker on 25 January, 2014, 4:14
I hope they are able to protect these distictive species of dolphin. But, according to Crypto-critter skeptics, a population of 1000 means that they don't exist.
Comment icon #10 Posted by GS1981 on 6 February, 2014, 16:52
Love the picture of the Dolphin eating a Plec, those things are spikey!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 7 February, 2014, 13:32
I wish there were dolphins in north american rivers.

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