East India

India building its first-ever dolphin observatory in the state of Bihar

Gangetic Dolphin of Bihar (image source: wikimedia commons)

The government of the state of Bihar in India is developing an observatory for the Gangetic dolphins. This would be the first-ever such project in India. The project is being developed in the district of Bhagalpur in Bihar. The observatory will be built at the Dolphin Sanctuary called ‘Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary’. It will be built on a bridge and is expected to be completed within a year.

The health of the river Ganga has significantly improved due to the lockdown measures and the dolphin population has also increased. This is a very good sign for the sanctuary which is very keen to keep to Ganga waters clean.

The whole project is being developed in order to promote ‘Eco-Tourism’ in the state. This will provide an opportunity for the people to learn about the endangered Gangetic Dolphin species. The structure will be built right in the middle of the river with transparent glass.

The following video from the YouTube channel called ‘7 Wonders Of India’ is 11 years old and gives a glimpse of these mammals and the sanctuary back then.

According to the official report, there are more than 150 dolphins in the sanctuary. Since the last two years, the population of these dolphins dropped significantly. The pollution of the river Ganga is the reason for the loss of dolphins in the river. Several plans are being considered to help conserve these endangered mammals.

 

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