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Why Are Dolphins Endangered?

By Rachel Dilts of www.dolphin-inspirations.com

There are many endangered dolphins that are threatened around the world. This is just one of many amazing facts about dolphins. They can become endangered by being entangled in fishing nets.

The World Wildlife Federation (2005) suggests that porpoises in the Black Sea, Atlantic Humpback Dolphins off the coast of West Africa, and franciscana dolphins in South America could be helped if fishing regulations were changed. Some fishing boats will accidentally net dolphins while fishing for species like tuna and others.

Although the dolphin is not the focus for fishing, it unwittingly gets in the way for the daily catch, and thus gets hurt, maimed or killed. With specific fishing regulations in place, many dolphins could benefit, and avoid being hurt or caught in commercial fishing nets.

Specific to the tropical rainforest is the Pink Dolphin which lives in the Amazon Rain Forest. This is one of many different dolphin types.

It is endangered because of chemicals being dumped in its waters, and of being accidentally trapped by fishing nets. It possibly gets its pink color because of the environment it lives (iron rich) and in the food it eats.

pink dolphin
Pink Dolphin With Baby

The International Society for the Preservation of the Rainforest (2004) says that these friendly mammals actually have a brain size 40% larger than we do! And another unique characteristic is that they can turn their heads 180 degrees because of unique fused vertebrae in their neck, and suggests capillaries near the skin may be due to its color. Here's a picture of a mother and baby:

They look very different from the traditional bottlenose dolphin you may be more familiar with.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Did you know that people are experiencing dolphins in many ways around the world, even through dolphin assisted therapy?

You can learn more about dolphin therapy locations, or even wild swims or dolphin encounter locations and find your inspirational story, location and share with others too.


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