Tuesday, January 03, 2006

RIVER DOLPHINS - Pollution kills off river dolphin

According to this report in The Times, the Ganges species of river dolphin is extinct in most of the main tributaries.
Amid the impenetrable maze of tidal creeks and channels between India and Bangladesh, children shriek with delight as grey snouts emerge from the silty waters. “Susu,” they cry, mimicking the noise the freshwater dolphins make as they surface for air — but their joy may be shortlived.

Researchers say that the Gangetic dolphin, declared one of the world’s first protected species more than 2,000 years ago, during the reign of Emperor Ashoka (265-232BC), has already become extinct in the main tributaries of the Ganges river system.