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Dolphin boom in Odisha’s Chilika lake

Date: 13 April 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The population of dolphins in Chilika, India’s largest brackish water lake, and along the Odisha coast has doubled this year compared with last year.
  • The population estimation exercise for dolphins and other cetacean species covered almost the entire coast of Odisha.
  • Three species were recorded during the census, with 544 Irrawaddy, bottle-nose and humpback dolphins sighted this year, compared with 233 last year.
  • The rise in the Irrawaddy [dolphin] population in Chilika can be attributed to the eviction of illegal fish enclosures. Irrawaddy dolphins found unobstructed area for movement after Chilika water were made encroachment-free.