Thursday, June 22, 2006

RIVER DOLPHINS - Setback for Ganges River Dolphin

Here's the Daily with depressing news for the Ganges River Dolphin, distant cousin of the Yangtze River Dolphin or Baiji.
In a setback to conservation efforts, a new survey has revealed that the population of the Ganges river dolphins is steadily falling in Bihar, the numbers declining by over 100 since last year.

According to the survey undertaken in early June by researchers from Patna University led by R.K. Sinha, who heads New Delhi's dolphin conservation project, 560 of the endangered mammals were sighted as compared to 664 last year.
The freshwater dolphins - locally known as 'sons of the river' - were listed as an endangered species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in 1996.

The Ganges river dolphins are among the four freshwater dolphins in the world - the other three are found in the Yangtze river in China, in the Indus in Pakistan and in the Amazon river in South America.

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