Bhubaneswar, Jan 20 (LocalWire) The population of Irrawaddy dolphin, one of the world’s most endangered species has jumped by 15 per cent in Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Odisha, an official said on Monday.
Chief executive officer of Chilika Development Authority Susanta Nanda tweeted that the dolphin headcounts in Chilika is more than 150, the highest single lagoon population of the aquatic mammal in the world.
The enumeration exercise was carried out on Sunday with the help of wildlife staffs.
The officials for the first time used the Global Positioning System (GPS), a satellite-based radio navigation system to count the mammals.
A total of 130 Irrawaddy dolphins were sighted last year.
The total population of these endangered aquatic mammals in the world is less than 7000.
Of these, more than 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins have been sighted in Bangladesh, while Chilika has the highest single lagoon population, officials said.