Kendrapara, Feb 24 (LocalWire) The population of the dolphin has dropped at Bhitarkanika national park in Kendrapada district, according to the latest annual census report released on Monday.
The forest officials spotted only 62 dolphins during the census conducted this year on 19 January, while last year it was 126.
307 dolphins were spotted in 2018.
Population rises in Chilika and other water bodies .
The population of endangered Irrawaddy dolphin has increased in Chilika Lake and other water bodies, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Wildlife Management) Pradipta Kumar Sahoo said.
The forest officials sighted 146 Irrawaddy dolphins and 17 Bottle Nose dolphins in Chilika, two Irrawaddy dolphins and five bottlenose dolphins in the water bodies of Puri.
In Balasore district, officials counted only one Bottle Nose dolphin.
The first dolphin census was carried out in Gahirmatha in Bhitarkanika in 2015.
No counting was done in 2016 and 2017 due to bad weather.
Dolphins are categorized as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.