The Forest Department recovers a dead dolphin from a shoal of the Bhola River near Sundarbans on Thursday, March 11, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

After collecting various samples, the dolphin was buried in the forest under Sarankhola range

The Forest Department has recovered a dead dolphin from a shoal of the Bhola River near Sundarbans on Thursday afternoon.

The dolphin was four feet long and two feet ten inches wide.

Sarankhola range Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Md Joynal Abedin said a trawler driver named Ferdous Molla spotted the dolphin and informed the Forest Department around 2pm.

Later, forest rangers and members of the Dolphin Conservation Team recovered and took it to the range office, he said.

After collecting various samples, the dolphin was buried in the forest under Sarankhola range.


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The dolphin did not bore any injury marks.

The cause of death will be known after testing the samples, Abedin added.

Two types of dolphins are found in Bangladesh- Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) and Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica).

The official status of the river dolphins, locally known as Shushuk (Platanista gangetica) is “critically endangered” as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is a universally recognized index of the world’s endangered animals.

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