Dolphins and giant shrimp back in Melaka waters

MELAKA: Dolphins and giant marine shrimp have been spotted here after having gone missing for about 40 years, says state agriculture, agro-based, entrepreneur development and cooperative committee chairman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee.

“Fishermen have spotted dolphins on Thursday. We must look into saving our marine ecosystem by not approving anymore reclamation works,” he said.

Norhizam said water pollution had reduced during the lockdown, adding that this could also have prompted the dolphins to return.

“The sighting of medium-sized Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins is extremely rare,” he added.

However, he said one of the dolphins was found dead at Pantai Puteri on Friday.

Norhizam also said the state Fisheries Department estimated the 250kg dolphin was 15 years old.

As for the giant shrimp, an activist from the Portuguese community said the earnings of local fishermen had doubled since the giant shrimp returned.

Chairman of the Save The Portuguese Action Committee chairman Martin Theseira said these shrimp were highly sought after and middlemen were willing to pay a good price.

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