Live-streamed on May 30, 2014
Watch the video above to see Vancouver Aquarium’s Dr. Peter Ross give a presentation on the Taiwanese White Dolphin.
Numbering only 74 individuals and facing many threats, the geographically isolated Taiwanese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) is in peril. The shallow estuarine and coastal waters of central-western Taiwan have historically provided prime habitat for these dolphins, but are today subject to anthropogenic insults including noise, pollution, habitat destruction, freshwater diversions, and poorly regulated fisheries.
Peter describes the last ten years of conservation-based research and advice to government of Taiwan, and outlines recent developments to mitigate threats and recover this Critically Endangered population. While the outlook is bleak, there is hope for the Taiwanese White Dolphin.
Scientists, conservationists, government agencies and the private sector are slowly but steadily coming together. The efforts of the international scientific community are proving instrumental in nurturing local efforts to recover this population.