River Ganges is home to Gangetic Dolphin lovingly called SuSu. A rare animal found only in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It is smaller than its sea cousins and does not like venturing into sea water. Gangetic Dolphin has evolved in fresh water over time and is quite different from the sea animal. A few decades back they could be seen swimming in large Pods in various parts of Ganges River but now you can see only small group of two’s and three’s swimming in certain sections of the river. Worried by this the Government of India has made a dedicated dolphin sanctuary for them called Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary probably the only one in the world. The major threat to this beautiful animal has been loss of habitat as more dams and irrigation projects come up the space required by it to survive has been decreasing, due to dams the river gets divided into sections and they are unable to freely swim down or up the river, being restricted in small sections has hurt their ability to hunt for food and maintain healthy numbers. Another major issue is the pollution in the river which is taking a heavy toll on their population.
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