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    New Delhi (Sputnik): South Asian River Dolphins can be found in the Ganges and Indus rivers. The Ganges dolphins have a thin population of about 5,000, and are found in the Ganges and its tributaries in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. The aquatic mammals are considered “critically endangered” and haven’t been spotted in decades.

    A rare Ganges dolphin has been sighted in the holy river in Meerut, a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, according to Indian Forest Service Officer (IFS) Akash Deep Badhawan.

    In the video shared by IFS, a playful dolphin can be seen in the Ganges River. 

    The reported sighting of endangered and rare Dolphins in the Ganges river is being seen as a positive development by environmentalists, as the pollution level of the holy river was concerning, both for conservationists and the government

    The dolphins have also reportedly been spotted in Kolkata city’s Hooghly River after 30 years, taking environmentalists and conservationists by surprise.

    Senior environmental activist Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, who saw those dolphins in Hooghly river, told Times of India daily that due to reduced pollution in rivers, reduced human activity and lockdown the Dolphins have made a comeback.

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