Ganges Dolphin census
Annual Ganges River Dolphin Census has begun on October 9 and will culminate on October 15. This year the census began from Balawali, Uttrakhand to Narora barrage covering 225 km of river. This census is jointly taken up by WWF (India) and members of Uttar Pradesh forest department. This year a new method devised by renowned marine ecologist Gill Braulik using tendon boats will be employed, instead of using conventional method of direct counting. In this method two inflated boats which move in tandem will be used and final results will be calculated using statistical tools. There were 22 Ganga river dolphins when the census was started in 2015 and last year 33 dolphins were spotted.