Pink Dolphins Disappearing

Pink dolphin (Sousa chinensis) populations in Asia have been subjected to all sorts of pressure from urban development, pollution, and even reclamation work for theme parks. This recent report highlights the plight of pink dolphins around Taiwan.

A dolphin that lives along the west coast of Taiwan is declining to dangerously low numbers because of over-fishing and pollution, local environmental researchers said on Monday.

The number of pink Pacific humpback dolphins had declined off Taiwan over the past three years to an estimated 120, the Formosa Cetus Research and Conservation Group and the Wild at Heart Legal Defence Association found after three years of study.

Illegal fishing is netting dolphins for high-end meals in central Taiwan, the two groups suspect. They say untreated wastewater from a reservoir plus hundreds of coastal factories are killing off small estuary fish that draw dolphins to the Taiwan coast.