General

Indus River Dolphin

posted: 11/24/15
Indus River Dolphin
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Scientific Name: Platanista minor
Status: Endangered
Number Remaining: About 1,100

Found in the freshwaters of the Indus River in South Asia, the estimated remaining 1,100 Indus River Dolphins widely populate the lower parts of the river in Pakistan. They range in size from 7-8.5 feet in length and weigh 150-200 pounds. While the dolphins have adapted to life in the muddy rivers, they are essentially blind to their surroundings. Their population dwindled after an irrigation system was built in the river and they are also victims of local fisherman for bait, medicine, and meat and oil for consumption.

Not much is known about the species as they have not been widely studied.

How You Can Help

  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Indus River Dolphin, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival.
  • NOAA Fisheries: Get more detailed information on this species.


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