Published on: November 1, 2021

INDUS RIVER DOLPHIN

INDUS RIVER DOLPHIN

Guna NEWS

http://circleplastics.co.uk/author/vicki/ Punjab is all set to conduct Indus Dolphin census along with WWF

DETAILS

First census

  • Was conducted in 2018
  • Over period of five days in 185 km stretch between Talwara and Harike Barrage in Beas River in Punjab
  • Objective – establish accurate population of dolphins in order to plan conservation of species.

INDUS DOLPHIN

  • Subspecies of freshwater river dolphin (which also includes Ganges River dolphin) Found in Indus river (and its Beas and Sutlej tributaries) flowing through India and Pakistan.
  • National mammal of Pakistan.
  • State Animal of Punjab
  • Key indicator species of river’s health. Its presence is considered as river is healthy. Functionally blind and relies on echolocation to navigate, communicate and hunt prey in muddy river water.
  • Declined dramatically after construction of irrigation system.
  • Listed by the IUCN as endangered on its Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Was also found in Sutlej decades back, but river pollution has caused its extinction in river.