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Sink or swim: Irrawaddy dolphins 'on the brink' in South

Overfishing, development and inbreeding are killing off the critically endangered species in Songkhla Lake _ one of only a handful of freshwater populations of the mammal worldwide

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'The dolphins killed by fishing nets can be easily identified because of the wounds on the their bodies," Santi Ninwat says. 

CASUALTY OF CARELESSNESS: Left, the carcass of an Irrawaddy dolphin is recovered from Songkhla Lake after it became trapped in a fisherman’s net.

A marine biologist at the Southern Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre, Mr Santi has been studying the Irrawaddy dolphin population in Songkhla Lake since 2007.

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