Bhubaneswar, Jan 19 (LocalWire) Odisha started the annual census of dolphins in different water bodies on Sunday.
The counting is being carried out at Chilika Lake, the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, Rushukulya river mouth and other water bodies.
Chilika Lake is India’s largest brackish water lagoon located in the districts of Puri , Khurda and Ganjam along the eastern coast.
Gahirmatha marine sanctuary is located within the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district and the Rushukulya river mouth is in Ganjam district.
Authorities have deployed a large number of persons including the wildlife staffs and enumerators to undertake the exercise with GPS tracking for the first time.
Last dolphin census carried out on Jan 19, 2019, had reported the presence of 130 Irrawaddy dolphins in the state.