The dolphin census has been started from Friday in the dolphin conservation area of Tikapur Municipality and Bhajani Municipality in the southeastern region of Kailali.
Dolphin Aquatic and Biodiversity Conservation Nepal Kailali are going to count dolphins for the first time. Bhoj Raj Dhungana, president of the Dolphin Aquatic and Biodiversity Conservation Nepal, informed that the dolphins will be counted for two days.
Dolphins will be counted at 13 places in the Tikapur-Bhajani Dolphin Conservation Circuit area. Jamra Kulo Patharia Sangam, Janakpur (Beluwaghat), Sonphata Uttarpur Baunnaghat, Baidi Jharan Patharia Sangam, Gary Patharia Sangam, Kadhanadi Patharia Sangam, Patharia Kadha Mohana Triveni, Reptikulo Mohana Nadi Sangam, Kushamghat (Mariaghat), Kusamghat Morang Dolphins are being counted in the Karnali Mohana Sangam, Karnali Sattipul area near the customs, said Chairman Dhungana.
Dolphins have counted once five years ago. In 2073 BS, 65 dolphins were counted and in 2075 BS, 55 dolphins were seen.
According to Chairman Dhungana, an estimated 35 to 40 dolphins have appeared this year. According to the latest statistics, the number of dolphins is declining every year and it is necessary to protect them, said Jay Prasad Dhungana, general secretary of the organization.
Dolphin Aquatic and Biodiversity Conservation Nepal Kailali are going to prepare an integrated strategic plan for the conservation of oats, tortoises, crocodiles, birds, endangered fish, and biodiversity, he said.
Gangetic dolphins appear in Patharia, Kadha, Kandra rivers, Gairinala, and Reptinala during the four rainy months of Asar, Saun, Bhadau, and Asoj, while at other times they appear in Karnali River.