Call to protect dolphins

Kathmandu, September 25:

Gangetic dolphins, one of the most endangered species, are at risk of extinction with their habitat shrinking and number decreasing in Nepal, according to the WWF.

Scientific research carried out by the WWF in 2006 in Karnali river counted four dolphins and about 12 in Mohana tributary.

Wildlife biologist Prof TK Shrestha said,”It is difficult to save dolphins in the lack of law.” It is estimated that Nepal has about 38 dolphins. In Karnali, the number of dolphins has decreased to seven from 50. “If we don’t act now, future generations might not see dolphins,” said Neera Shrestha Pradhan of WWF.