Published on: November 1, 2021
INDUS RIVER DOLPHIN
http://circleplastics.co.uk/author/vicki/ Punjab is all set to conduct Indus Dolphin census along with WWF
- 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.
- 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.