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  • The Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River are increasing in number. 1 / 9

  • Their elusive nature makes it difficult to study and track them. 2 / 9

  • They only gently surface to breathe before diving back deep down. 3 / 9

  • The dolphins were hunted for food during the violent Khmer Rouge times. 4 / 9

  • The dolphins' numbers plummeted to below 80. 5 / 9

  • Use of poison, dynamite, and large nets killed a lot of dolphins. 6 / 9

  • The government has imposed regulations with the help of the WWF to protect the dolphins. 7 / 9

  • While this is good news, their numbers are still too low to be safe from extinction. 8 / 9

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