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Ganges River Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Platanista gangetica
Length:
2.1 - 2.6 m (6.9 - 8.5 ft)
Weight:
80 - 90 kg (175 - 200 lbs)
Status:
edangered
Prey:
Fish, invertebrates, possibly turtles and birds

Physical characteristics

They have a stocky body with a long beak that thickens at the tip. The coloration is light gray to brown, often with a touch of pink. They have large flippers, an underdeveloped fin and very small eyes.

Behavioral characterization

They tend to swim with one flipper trailing along the substrate and to root around with the beak to detect prey.

Distribution

Ganges-Brahmaputra river system of India, Bagladesh and Nepal

Population size

2,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

There are seasonal changes due to fluctuations in water levels.

Social system/Group size

Usually solitary.

Major threats

Hunting (oil is used as bait), entanglement in fishing gear, pollution and habitat degradation.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Locally called "susu"; refers to the sound they make when they breathe.