Dolphins in Merrut. Yes, that headline is very true. And the way nature is healing and reclaiming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. And that rhymes. Days, after people spotted dolphins in Kolkata almost after three decades, now people have spotted Ganges river Dolphin in Merrut.
Ganges River Dolphins are found primarily in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and their tributaries in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The come in the list of endangered species and thus there spotting is a blessing of a kind for people.
Their arrival also certain the fact that if humans stay away for a while, nature can heal itself. And we, humans, are the only threat to nature by all means.
The video of the same was shared by Indian Forest Services officer Akash Deep Badhawan. He, understanding the rarity of the incident said that he was “fortunate” to spot the dolphins in the Ganges river near Meerut.
Officially discovered in 1801, these creatures are practically blind, with small slits for eyes. They hunt using ultrasonic sounds to track other fishes in the vicinity. Usually solo, sometimes they are found in small groups, especially Mother and calf.— Akash Deep Badhawan, IFS (@aakashbadhawan) April 27, 2020
Their habitat is largely tracts of Ganges where fish is aplenty and water currents are slow. Here dense human population has lead to fishermen catching them along with fish and become “bycatch”. However they are still hunted at times for their meat and oil by few!— Akash Deep Badhawan, IFS (@aakashbadhawan) April 27, 2020
“Ganges River Dolphin, our National Aquatic Animal once lived in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna river system is now endangered,” wrote Mr Badhawan while sharing the video. “They live in fresh water and are practically blind, with small slits as eyes. Was fortunate to spot these in Ganges in Meerut,” he added.
People were also surprised to watch the dolphin and have been talking about the same.
They can be considered as indicator species. If we are seeing them less now it means there is wrong with the river.— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) April 27, 2020
Till early seventies one could.find them in Hindon, Ghaziabad.— Manoj Sharma (@manoharsh11) April 27, 2020
Called Soons here as well.
Beautiful to see Nature claiming it's Birth place right's and enriching our Planet Earth.— KK (@KK36632441) April 27, 2020
Chambal yes chilikaa lake no. Chilika lake has irrawady dolphins— Slawth (@Wikisloth) April 27, 2020
The ones in Chilika are Irrawaddy dolphins, it’s flagship species. These are the Ganges River Dolphin— Akash Deep Badhawan, IFS (@aakashbadhawan) April 27, 2020