ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Life

Asia's freshwater dolphins swim into rough waters

Experts warn of potential extinction of region's last surviving freshwater marine mammals

Captive Irrawaddy dolphins leap out of the water in Thailand. (Courtesy of Roland Seitre-WWF)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- Once upon a time a beautiful young woman sought suicide rather than being forced into marriage with a magical python. She leapt into the rushing waters of the Mekong River, but instead of dying she was transformed into a dolphin, with a smile on its upturned mouth.

This ancient tale from Laos and Cambodia, through which the mighty Mekong flows, does not end with "lived happily ever after." The last dolphin in Laos succumbed to human depredation and official neglect earlier this year.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more