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Assam: River Dolphin found dead in Dhubri with lower jaw severed

Reports indicate that the adult dolphin found in the Majerchar area of Dhubri had its lower jaw severed by a fishing net trap.

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In Dhubri, a rare and valuable dolphin was found lifeless in a distressing condition, stirring sorrow and indignation among the community and environmental advocates. The Gangetic River Dolphin holds the status of being India’s national aquatic animal and serves as the official animal of Guwahati city.

Reports indicate that the adult dolphin found in the Majerchar area of Dhubri had its lower jaw severed by a fishing net trap.

Environmental expert Mehtab Uddin Ahmed from Dhubri revealed that the dolphin population in the area spanning from Jogighopa, Goalpara, to Sukhchar, Dhubri, is alarmingly low, standing at fewer than 100.

Ahmed emphasized the need for fishermen to be more vigilant and respectful in safeguarding the aquatic symbol of Guwahati and the nation. “A few years ago, we used to witness regular sightings of many dolphins (Sisus). However, presently, sightings of a dolphin (Sisu) around the town are scarce,” added Ahmed in conversation with this correspondent.

Additionally, he mentioned that a significant alteration in the course of the Brahmaputra River could contribute to the diminished sightings of dolphins. Ganges river dolphins are known for their elusive nature, choosing to swim alone or in pairs and maintaining a distance from boats.

According to Ahmed, the Ganges river dolphin, scientifically named Platanista Gangetica, is categorized as endangered by the IUCN due to severe threats to its existence.

Experienced journalist Ashiqur Rahman voiced his apprehension regarding the precarious situation of endangered dolphins and called on fishermen to heighten their awareness of their influence on aquatic life. He emphasized that dolphins constitute a crucial element of the region’s biodiversity and heritage, underscoring the necessity to conserve them for succeeding generations.

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