By Riaz Sohail
The population of rare blind Indus dolphins in the Indus River has increased. This number was 918 in 2011 which has increased to 1429 in 2019, BBC Urdu reported. According to a recent survey conducted by the Wildlife Department of Sindh Province in Pakistan.
Sindh Wildlife Department conducted a five-day survey and found 1429 Indus dolphins. The number of rare blind Indus dolphins in the Indus River is increasing.
The survey was conducted by the Wildlife Department after a gap of seven years. The number of dolphins in the 2011 survey after the 2010 floods was 918.
As on both sides of the river include the Katcha area where many bandits are active, therefore the survey team hoisted white flags on the boats.
The survey was conducted in the Indus River between Guddu and Sukkur Barrage, in which 70 people on land besides boats participated.
Survey teams spent five days in the field and consumed everything from eating and drinking in the woods.
The survey used three wooden boats that were driven by a paddle instead of a machine, because the sound of the machine drive away the dolphins.
Rare Indus dolphins at risk from industrial and domestic waste emissions in Indus River.
The blind dolphin, locally known as Bullhan, is found in the 808 km long stretch of the Indus River in Pakistan.
The WWF’s 2017 survey found a total of 1,816 dolphins in the Indus River, up from just 1,312 in 2011.
Courtesy BBC Urdu
Photo by M Khawar Khan