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Boat traffic threatens the survival of Panama's Bocas Del Toro dolphins

Geneticists recommend designating isolated dolphin population as 'endangered'

Date:December 22, 2017

Source:Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Summary:Bottlenose dolphins in Panama's Bocas Del Toro Archipelago should be designated as endangered say the authors of a new study. Biologists have discovered that the roughly 80 dolphins in the archipelago do not interbreed with other Caribbean bottlenose dolphins. Their low numbers jeopardize their long-term survival, which is threatened by increasing local boat traffic that killed at least seven dolphins in 2012.

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