The Indus Blind Dolphin

The South Asian blind dolphin is a rare species found only in the Indus and Ganges. It is a freshwater dolphin which isn’t actually fully blind. Its small eyes are able to differentiate between light and dark areas like murky and clear waters.

Such beautiful mammals that can generate a lot of tourism from locals and help enrich the biodiversity of the area should be nurtured and protected. However it was discovered that due to the building of barrages many dolphins were dying when they got stuck in the barrages. Also they’re living spaces have been decreased by barrages on the Indus.

I learned this stuff in the WWF internship programme I’m taking part in these days and the first thing that struck me was……..why don’t they just put nets on the entrance of the barrages with a small hole size so the dolphins don’t get stuck. The nets should extend from the river bed to about two feet above the water surface. I don’t think that’s too expensive. Then there’s the fact that you can make a huge dolphin resort charging people to swim with dolphins! That would be a major hit according to me. Not only would the resort be self-sustainable (you could open a souvenir shop too with lots of cool dolphin products) but the owners could breed the dolphins and take care of them so that their extinction chances get greatly reduced.

The dolphins are fascinating………since their eyesight isn’t exactly great they use high frequency sound waves like the ones bats use to navigate around obstacles. They also communicate with these sound waves and thus are able to find each other across large distances.

Some people scorn the protection of endangered species. They use such claims like ‘I never saw a dinosaur but I lived.’ Stuff like that. What they don’t understand is that animals like the Blind Dolphins have just as much right to live as us. For our own personal reasons we’re ready to waive aside the lives and habitats of millions of creatures, not realizing that in the end we’ll have to pay for what we’re doing. Every creature has a role to play. Nothing is without a purpose and by eliminating these organisms from their respective niches in our world we’re disrupting the ecological balance. The effects may not be felt at the time but that doesn’t mean they’ll never catch up to us.

So before doing anything to harm another living thing don’t think ‘Everyone does it’ or ‘One person doesn’t make a difference’ cause that’s not true. We all make a difference and collectively it totals to a MASSIVE difference. So don’t take the easy road, take the right road.


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