Bad Weather Stalls Dolphin Census in Odisha Recent Orissa News
Rough sea and windy weather has stalled the annual dolphin census in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary under Bhitarkanika national park in Odisha.
“Sea was found rough and turbulent. The windy weather condition will be risky to undertake sea voyage for the headcount work,” said Divisional Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.
As the marine sanctuary is largely free from human interference, these marine animals might be finding it to be an ideal habitat. The DFO said around 40 experts assigned the task of carrying out the headcount are waiting for three days.
The census work would be taken up once the weather condition improves, he added. A status survey of these marine animals is vital to study the growth pattern of the species living within brackish water bodies and shallow sea waters of Bhitarkanika national park Ramsar international wetland site, said forest officials.