19 January 2019
Puri: The annual census of dolphins was held today across various parts of the State including Kujang range in Paradip; Brahmagiri, Astaranga, Konark ranges in Puri, and Rajnagar, Gahirmatha, Bhitarkanika and Mahakalapada areas in Kendrapara.
In Paradip, two teams of eight officials were deployed at the Mahanadi mouth of river to conduct the census. In Kendrapara, nine teams comprising of 25 officials were started the counting. The coastline of Bhitarkanika is said to be a favourable habitat for Irrawaddy Dolphins next to Chilika.
Meanwhile in Puri, 10 teams of 50 officials were deployed for the census. While seven teams are counting on the coast, three teams are doing the rounds inside the water body.
Two days back, the annual census of dolphins in Chilika Lake was held by 29 teams from morning 6 to 12 noon consisting of Officials of CDA, Chilika WL Division, WWF, Government officials, Local stake holders and members of Civil society. This year estimation is from 130-150 species. Exact figure will be released by PCCF(WL) after detailed analysis.
The census helps to provide basic information about migrating behaviour of Irrawaddy Dolphins as well as other species.
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