Irrawaddy Dolphin counting begins at Chilika
Puri: Chilika is home to beautiful Irrawaddy dolphins. A census for the dolphins has begun here on Thursday. 11 teams consisting of 64 members have been constituted, informed Balugaon DFO.
CDA and Chilika Wildlife Department are jointly responsible for the wellbeing of the dolphins. And they are the ones undertaking the required census.
The teams undertaking the counting of dolphins consist of Chilika Wildlife Department, CDA, Dolphin experts, volunteers, and the Motorboat union.
The teams will be working at 5 ranges- Tangi, Balugaon, Chilika, Nuapada, and Satapada, told Balugaon DFO. These are ranges are the sites where the Irrawaddy dolphins reside.
In India, Irrawaddy dolphins are mostly found in Chilika’s brackish water. Tourists from India and out of India visit Chilika to see the dolphins in their natural habitat.
Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km.