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Indian River Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Platanista minor
Length:
1.5 - 2.5 m (4.9 - 8.2 ft)
Weight:
80 - 90 kg (175 - 200 lbs)
Status:
edangered
Prey:
Fish, invertebrates, possibly turtles and birds

Physical characteristics

They are dark gray to brown and have a long beak and an underdeveloped dorsal fin and large, broad flippers and flukes.

Behavioral characterization

They are seen to swim in their sides when submergered and to swim very close to the bottom of the river when they are feeding, constantly nodding their head.

Distribution

700 km of Indus River in Pakistan

Population size

1,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

There are seasonal changes due to fluctuations in water levels.

Social system/Group size

Usually solitary.

Major threats

Entanglement in fishing gear, pollution, habitat degradation and overfishing.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Their eyes have no lens, which means they can only perceive the presence or absence of light.