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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ganges River Dolphin

Have you ever heard of Ganges River Dolphin?
Ganges river dolphin is the National Aquatic Animal of India.  They are found in Ganges-Brahmaputra rivers. These dolphins can only live in freshwater and are essentially blind. They hunt by emitting ultrasonic sounds. Their current count is around 1600-1800 only.

Why are they important?
Dolphins are one of the oldest creatures in the world along with some species of turtles, crocodiles and sharks. The Ganges river dolphin was officially discovered in 1801.The presence of dolphin in a river system signals a healthy ecosystem. Since the river dolphin is at the apex of the aquatic food chain, its presence in adequate numbers symbolizes greater biodiversity in the river system and helps keep the ecosystem in balance.

Why Ganges river dolphin is in news recently?
Ganges river dolphins  are categorized  as Endangered species. WWF decided to count the number of dolphins by using equipment which help in more accurate imaging.
The step will help to arrive the exact number in order to take effective steps for its conservation.

What are the major threats for these dolphins survival?
  •  Water development projects
  •  Pollution
  •  Poaching for its fat and oil
  •  Mortality in fishing net
If you want to visit them, you can find them in the Vikramshila Gangetic dolphin sanctuary(Bihar)-in the main stream of the Gangs river.


  1. Lord Vishnu’s first avatar on earth was the Matsya ( dolphin ) avatar thats whys ppl in india don't eat dolphin like other fish.

  2. Only humans ,apes and dolphins can pass the mirror test.

  3.  Dolphins  display culture like acrobatic feets and leaping on water surface , something unique to humans

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  5. And their is some much about Dolphins which is only to be felt not to be told


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