HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Blind dolphin population increases

The News International

1284 days ago   Article ID# 990062
Original URL

 

World Wildlife Fund

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (The News International) - Despite unfavourable conditions and looming threats, the number of blind Indus dolphins has increased during the past few years in the Dolphin Reserve stretches between Guddu and Sukkur barrages, says a latest survey conducted by the Sindh Wildlife Department.

The survey revealed that during the last count conducted by the Sindh Wildlife Department in 2006, the number of the Indus dolphins in the reserve was around 810 but now over 916 dolphins have been counted between Guddu and Shah Belo.

The experts are still to cover 15km long sector from Shah Belo and Sukkur where three to five big dolphin schools are located and it is expected that the population of dolphins in these schools would be around 100, increasing the total number of the blind dolphins above 1,000. The team of Sindh Wildlife Department would probably complete the survey in the remaining portion at the end of this week

The Sindh government declared the area between these two barrages as the Indus River Dolphin Reserve in 1974. These dolphins, measuring between 1.5 and 2.5 meters in length and weighing a maximum of 90 kilograms, do not have a crystalline eye lens and so are blind. They navigate underwater entirely by a sophisticated echo-location system. The physical touch gives them important information about their surroundings and helps them find food.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has also completed its survey between Chashma and Sukkur Barrage and would make public its report after two weeks. A total of 15 experts contributed in the survey in which all relevant data has been collected to assess number of dolphins and threats to their lives due to multiple reasons.

Coordinator of Indus River Dolphin Conservation Project of WWF-Pak, Uzma Naureen Khan, told this correspondent that they had started their survey on March 28 and after conducting hectic and in-depth studies it got completed on April 20.

We are now sorting out the data and would make reports to ascertain the population of blind Indus dolphins between Chashma and Sukkur Barrage. The findings of the survey would also help identify the growing threats to life of blind dolphins, she said.

She said there is a slight increase in the number of dolphins in 2009 survey but it had not increased as much as it should have because protected areas were designated to conserve this rare specie.

Uzma said they have also collected samples of water to have a clear picture about level of pollution and other related factors that caused death of six dolphins in the recent past.

Copyright 2014 The News International   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1284 days ago   Article ID# 990062

World Wildlife Fund    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More World Wildlife Fund News

World wildlife populations have declined by half since 1970

20 days ago From Wildlife Extra News 

HEREFORD, U K - Coffee pods are steaming ahead, while green teas and fruit-flavoured teas are hotting up, leaving standard tea to go cold. The latest in our series of ...

Australia ranked 13 by WWF for ecological footprint

30 days ago From theguardian.com 

LONDON, U K - ...

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

30 days ago From theguardian.com 

LONDON, U K - ...

Half of world's animals have disappeared since 1970

30 days ago From telegraph.co.uk 

LONDON, U K - ...

New trade regulations for greater protection to endangered sharks

48 days ago From Times of India 

NEW DELHI, INDIA - Canadian cable partners include CHCH, CHECK, AMI, Gusto TV, ... of the cancer charity Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Canada, said nearly ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

2014 on track to be hottest year on record, says US science agency

Action: Climate Change

The world is on course for this to be the hottest year ever, with global land and sea temperatures for September the highest ...

African Lions Are One Step Closer to Being Protected From Trophy Hunters

Action: Wildlife Conservation

African lions came a step closer to being protected from trophy hunting yesterday when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US ...

Protecting Liberia's Forest

Action: Stop Deforestation

The Forestry Development Authority says the 150 million agreement signed between the governments of Liberia and Norway is not ...

Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

Action: Stop Pollution

Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies str ...

Oahu Coral Reef Suffers Massive Serious Bleaching Due to ‘Stress’

Action: Save Our Oceans

Wide portions of windward Oahu's coral reef are suffering from serious bleaching due to "stress," scientists reportedly said ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.