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Dolphin species on four continents are in danger, warn various reports.

In Asia, the Taiwan Matsu's Fish Conservation Union says that only 60 to 90 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis chinensis) remain off the Taiwanese coast, fewer than half that existed just four years ago. The Union says the species could become extinct in that region in 10 years. Industrial development and pollution near the estuary of Taiwan's longest river, the Jhuoshuei River, is blamed for the decline.

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins exist throughout Asia, Africa and Australia, but this particular population is isolated. The species have a very low birth rate and take 10 to 12 years to reach sexual maturity.

To read the full, original article click on this link: Extinction Countdown: Rare dolphins endangered in Taiwan, Australia and Peru

Author: John Platt