Animals of India - Irrawaddy River Dolphin

Although called the Irrawaddy River Dolphin, this is not a true river dolphin. It lives in brackish water near coasts, river mouths and estuaries

It is found in parts parts of Bay of Bengal and near south East Asia.These dolphins have a bulging forehead, short beak, and 12-19 teeth on each side of both jaws. It joins the ranks of the shark and the sea turtle as some of the oldest creatures on Earth. 

Its round, blunt and melon like head is its very distinct feature

It is lightly colored all over, but slightly more white on the underside than the back. 

It communicates using clicks, creaks, and buzzes at a dominant frequency of about 60  kilohertz. This is called echolocation, a way to communicate location through sound

Irrawaddy dolphins are more susceptible to human conflict than most other dolphins that live farther out in the ocean. Drowning in gillnets is the main threat to them throughout their range.

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