21 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: A new trend was noticed by the officials of Chilika Development Authority during the annual census of dolphins this year. A large number of the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins were sighted in fresh areas of the largest brackish water lagoon (Chilika) in the country.
As per the Chief Executive Officer of Chilika Development Authority Susant Nanda, the total dolphins sighted were 146 during the annual census. He also revealed that the dolphins were now sighted in new areas like the central and southern sector of the lagoon.
Earlier they were mostly confined to the Satpada area near Brahmagiri, but now they were sighted in areas near Kalijai Island and Rambha.
He also informed that the the dolphin population in the lake is now stabilizing above 150 as expected, and they are also optimistic about an increase in dolphin population in the lake in next couple of years.