Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

82-Year-Old Joins Fight to Save Rare Dolphins

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

82-Year-Old Joins Fight to Save Rare Dolphins

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Byline: Belinda Scott belinda.scott@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

COFFS Harbour's senior marine mammal expert and Pet Porpoise Pool founder Hec Goodall is heading to Cambodia next month to help in the attempt to save that country's Irrawaddy dolphins from extinction.

Mr Goodall's former colleague at the Pet Porpoise Pool, Troy Saville, has been working with the Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia and is keen to gain the benefit of his mentor's experience as he mounts a last-ditch fight to save the freshwater dolphins.

Hec Goodall is one of the few men alive with experience in wild capture of marine mammals.

Mr Goodall collected the Irrawaddy dolphin species north of Cairns in 1969 for the Vic Oakes Aquarium.

At the time he was managing the Jack Evans Aquarium, also in Cairns.

"The World Wildlife Fund officials are pleased with the plans proposed by Troy and Verna for breeding attempts with the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins and with him pressing me to come over to advise on the capture and artificial insemination of the cetaceans, I have agreed to join him," Mr Goodall said. …

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