Generally a slow-moving species of dolphin they can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour when threatened and while they aren’t known for being particularly acrobatic they have been spotted occasionally leaping out of the water.
Not much is known about the hunting methods of the Irrawaddy dolphin but it is known that their diet consists of fish, cephalopods, crustaceans and fish eggs.
The primary threats these dolphins face include pollution or water poisoning, collision with boats and getting caught in fishing nets. In fact drowning in fishing nets is considered one of the leading causes of death among this species. Global warming, climate changes and the construction of dams are also believed to play a role in the endangerment of this species.
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