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Ganges river dolphin census

Ganges river dolphin census 

As the part of the “My Ganga, My Dolphin” Campaign by the World Wide Fund for Nature, India in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department have launched the annual Ganges river dolphin census. 

Key Points 

  • This census was conducted about 250-km-long riverine stretch of Upper Ganga between Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary and Narora Ramsar site began in Bijnor.
  • This year the tandem boat survey method is being used unlike previous years, when direct counting method was used. The previous survey method was developed by the renowned river and marine ecologist Gill Braulik.
  • In this method the officials use two inflated boats which move in tandem to count the dolphins. It is done after collating the data, statistical tools that are employed to arrive at the final count.
  • Starting from the count of dolphins of 22 in 2015, the number has been stable in the last few years. 
  • Including three calves 33 dolphins were spotted in 2018. 

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