Gangetic Dolphin

  • Thickly knitted fishing gill nets have recently caused the death of river dolphin.

About Gangetic Dolphin(Platanista gangetica gangetica),

  • It is a river Dolphin, and the national aquatic animal of India.
  • Common name -Susu.
  • They are generally blind and catch their prey using ultrasonic sound which reaches the prey.
  • Females are larger than males.
  • Found in deep waters, in and around the confluence of rivers.
  • States- Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
  • Threats include Direct killing, habitat fragmentation by dams and barrages and indiscriminate fishing.
  • IUCN status: Endangered.


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