RWS unveils dolphin calf to schoolchildren

SINGAPORE - Resorts World Sentosa's Dolphin Island revealed its latest addition to a group of lucky schoolchildren on Wednesday.

Forty pupils from Kranji Primary School on a dolphin education programme were taken to see the four-month old calf swimming with its mother Tian Tang in the lagoon. It was born on Dec 17 last year.

"Two months ago, I was doing research for my composition themed 'animals worth admiring' and I chose to write on the dolphin because of its altruism," said Primary 6 pupil Abinithi Arun Kumar, 12. "Seeing what I learnt come to life today was very exciting."

Participants of the attraction's dolphin interaction programme are being given until June 30 to come up with a name for the calf, which is still being nursed by its mother and slowly being introduced to the other dolphins.

Dolphin Island also announced the commencement of its Save the Irrawaddy Dolphin project, which begins later this month in Thailand.

A team of researchers and officials from Dolphin Island, Chulalongkorn University Thailand and Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will conduct a week-long population assessment on the dolphins in the Songkhla Lake.

The lake has suffered environmental degradation such as sedimentation and overfishing in recent years, compromising its dolphin population.

The report on initial findings is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year.

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