http://mococo.org/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=https://mococo.org/referrals/ Why in news? The annual census of dolphins began in Odisha’s Bhitarkanika national park and Gahirmatha marine sanctuary
Palos Hills Highlights
- Team is equipped with binoculars, GPS sets, rangefinders and data recording sheets for a foolproof headcount of the dolphins
- The exercise was being conducted using the ‘Transact Survey Method’, followed in worldwide
- The Odisha coast has emerged as an ideal habitat for dolphins with an impressive rise of 33% in their population in the last census.
- Six species of dolphins– Irrawaddy, Bottlenose, Humpback, Striped, Finless and Spinner — were recorded during the last census
Bhitarkanika National Park
- Location: Northeast Kendrapara district in Odisha in eastern India.
- It has obtained the status of a Ramsar site
- Surrounded by Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Gahirmatha Beach and Marine Sanctuary are to the east, separating swamp region and mangroves from the Bay of Bengal
- Rivers: Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra, Pathsala.
- It hosts many mangrove species, and is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India.
- Flora /fauna: Saltwater crocodile, Indian python, king cobra, black ibis, darters
Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary
- It is a marine wildlife sanctuary located in Odisha
- World’s largest nesting beach for Olive Ridley Turtles.
- Rivers: Extends from Dhamra River in the north to Brahmani river south.
- One of the world’s most important nesting beaches for turtles.