WWF-India: Dolphins choose UP waters to multiply

Uttar Pradesh has proved to be the most favourable habitat for the national aquatic animal. According to a recent population estimate of the Gangetic Dolphins, by the World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF-India), UP is the only state where the dolphin population has increased since 2005.

Ganges River Dophin - Scientific Name: Platanista gangetica - Copy Right François Xavier PELLETIER - WWF-Canon

The Gangetic Dolphin or Platinista Gangetica was declared the national aquatic animal in October. Sandeep Behera, coordinator, freshwater species, WWF-India, said according to initial estimates 547 dolphins are reported in UP. The earlier figure, he said, stood at 500. He, however, added that the survey in the state is in progress and certain areas are yet to be covered.

“On the Union government’s directions we started with the process of formulation of an action plan for conservation of dolphins across the country. As the first step we are surveying the dolphin population in various states to ascertain the exact figure. From our survey so far, we can easily say that UP is the only state where the number of dolphins in some stretches has increased,” said Sandeep Behera, coordinator, freshwater species, WWF-India.

From Indian Express

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