Dolphin in the Brahmaputra River, India

Search for freshwater dolphins in the Kaziranga River

Dolphin spotting

The essence of Dolphin spotting

Board a traditionally carved wooden river boat and take to the calm waters of the Brahmaputra River in search of the Ganges dolphin. Warm yourself in the rays of the Indian sun as you drift over the still surface of the water in perfect tranquillity. Relax and unwind as you scan the surface of the water for the distinct shapes of dolphin. Your tour guide will tell you all you need to know about this rare and endangered freshwater dolphin, including the steps that are being taken to preserve the species.

Home to many magnificent freshwater residents, the Brahmaputra River is one of the key waterways in Asia, spanning 3 848 km (2 391 miles) in length. The river acts as a natural border between India, Bangladesh and China, feeding into many smaller rivers and streams. The highly endangered Ganges river dolphin is the apex predator in this vast body of water, part of a complex ecosystem that is slowly diminishing in size. The dolphins navigate by means of a sonic pitch, generally accepted as one of the most high-pitched sounds made by any known creature. This naturally blind aquatic dweller lives in one of the most densely populated regions in the world, resulting in its endangered status and conservation priority label.

The freshwater dolphin shares its habitat with a number of other unusual species, such as the mighty river crocodile and the ageless freshwater turtle. The Ganges River dolphin favours deep pools of water and the eddies and currents found where rivers converge or sharply change direction, as well as around islands in mid-channel. Fondly known as the Susu due to its powerful sonic pitch, the Ganges dolphin is the national aquatic animal of India.

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