Countering their expectations, biologists working in Bangladesh have found a thriving population of 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, a species restricted to brackish bays and rivers from southern Asia to northern Australia that marine mammal experts had worried was vulnerable to extinction.So...to summarize...marine mammal experts had worried that the Irrawaddy dolphin was vulnerable to extinction. But...they knew as far back as 2004 that the very dolphin they claimed to be vulnerable was absolutely thriving. That's when this discovery of over 6,000 dolphins occurred.
The population, many times larger than any other known regional groups of the dolphins, was revealed in 2004 in the first systematic survey for marine mammals along Bangladesh’s coast of waterways, bays and mangrove-fringed islands. The full results were described Wednesday in Hawaii at the first international conference on protected areas for marine mammals and in a paper in the winter issue of the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.
The scientists also signaled a long-term threat to the dolphins from global warming, which climate studies project will raise sea levels and change the river flows as Himalayan glaciers erode. This would shrink the species’ range, which is restricted to water with low salinity.I'm not even going to venture into the whole "global warming" nonsense. Instead, let's look at the comment under a pure logistical and pragmatic basis.
When glaciers erode (melt)...fresh water is released into the high salinity seas. This creates MORE low salinity based bodies of water not LESS as the paragraph above suggests.
Folks...the media, agenda driven scientists, and the environmental zealots think you have the mental acuity of a third grader...in case you were wondering.