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Both India and Bangladesh have a higher number of sharks, but the Irrawaddy is down to 63. Shellfish had been spotted. Irrawaddy Bottlenose Dwarf is something unique because, as long as you can recall, they have been fishing with the village people by hunting schools of them to the net.
Our officers are naturally very interested in seeing this in operation, so we stop in a town and join some indigenous fishers. As soon as we are in reach, the fisherman get to work and try to talk to the cetaceans. Soon, four or five little sharks will be 10 yards away.
They' re certainly interested, but it's difficult to know if they are really ready to fish. The fisherman throws out his net several time, but drains it. A few hrs of spraying, knocking and empty netting, the whales have had enough and are swimming away. Fisherman put down their gear and give us their shy excuse.
"He says we were like a dolphin folk." "If we make that knock, the whales will come to us. They are not getting anywhere near them now because they are afraid of being caught by the electroshock fishers who make the same knocking noises. "The other fisherman nods in approval.
Electroshock fishing's ascent means that an ancient relationship of confidence between man and whale has been shattered. Now, the cetaceans keep a wise gap, uncertain whether man is a relative or an enemy. Returning aboard the vessel, one of the explorers shows some bloody images of decaying cetaceans.
"Aging, electrocution or being caught in a fisher net are three causes for dolphin deaths here," says Kyaw Hla Thein of Myanmar's Wildlife Conservation Society. "However, these cetaceans are only one year old - so it is not old - and there are no net wounds - so obviously the cause of their deaths is ELV.
" Electroshock angling is nothing new on the Irrawaddy. Since more than a dozen years Fischer have been wired automotive cells to power them with power from within reach. "We dock that evening and take the civil servants to a small town where several electroshock fishers live.
This is part of an outcome program to educate the public about the dolphin threats posed by their catching methods. Hundreds of village inhabitants are sitting down and watching a film about the Irrawaddy dolphin being made. The Burmese Ministry's budget has not expanded to include translations, so we look at the dolphin images and listen to the confused commentaries in japan.
There is a lot of cheering when you can hear and understand a piece of Burmese. We talk to some of the village people when the film has given way to a (much more popular) Burmese soap film. Everybody saw the electroshock fishers at work. "When I was young, we didn't see it - but in recent years there is no question that electroshock angling is becoming more and more people.
" The number of dead whales seems to be balanced for the time being by newborns.