Odisha’s Chilika Lake Begins Annual Dolphin Census

by Tooba Shaikh
Odisha’s Chilika Lake Begins Annual Dolphin Census

Dolphins are arguably one of the most adored aquatic species, and we definitely see why. But did you know that these adorable intelligent species are also endangered? To help in preserving its population, knowing it is imperative. This is done by conducting a census. Chilika lake has begun the annual dolphin census which is undertaken in order to maintain records of marine life. This census will be taken over the course of three days.

The Annual Census Will Involve Over 100 Wildlife Experts

This exercise will involve more than 100 wildlife experts. These experts will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology like rangefinders and data recording sheets, GPS sets, etc. This equipment will aid the experts in their endeavour to get a foolproof and comprehensive census of the dolphins. The experts will follow the standard way to count the population of aquatic beings that is followed worldwide. It is called the “Transact Survey Method.” For experts, Odisha has turned out to be the ideal location for conducting this survey.

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Chilika lake
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What The Data Has Revealed So Far

According to the data released by the State Forest and Environment Department’s wildlife wing, there has been a 35 per cent improvement in the population of dolphins. Last year, more than 700 dolphins of close to 550 different species were recorded in the Chilika Lagoon. Of these, Spinners, Irrawaddy, Finless, Bottlenose, Striped, and Humpback dolphins have been recorded at Chilika so far. Moreover, the Bhitarkanika National Park and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary which together comprise the Rajnagar Mangrove Wildlife Division recorded an impressive 58 per cent increase in the dolphin population.

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