IRRAWADDY DOLPHINS – Aung Thu

Exhibition From February 21 to March 11 | Dala Ferry 

Opening | 21 February 2020

By Aung Thu

Fishers and Irrawaddy dolphins work together to fish and share the catch in a symbiotic relationship. “I’ve been fishing with the help of dolphins since I was 15. They have always been very helpful,” says U Tin Myo, now 47. “I am now working with a group of seven. The leader’s name is Gone Gyi. He is the biggest guy I have ever seen. He shows us where the fish are by splashing  the surface of the water with his tail.” Unfortunately, because of electro fishing and gillnetting, there are now only around 70 dolphins still living in the Ayeyarwady River between Mandalay and Bahmo. They are considered an endangered species.