Irrawaddy Dolphin Analysis

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scientist who goes around the world in search of dolphins— especially the rare river type— the Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) and the Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetica). Irrawaddy dolphin was first identified by Sir Richard Owen in 1866. Piya did not expect the Irrawaddy dolphins to be in the Sundarbans because of the extreme salinity of the water. On account of their coastal nature, Irrawaddy dolphins are more susceptible to human interference than any other species of cetaceans. It is an endangered species and the most direct threat is the capturing of these dolphins for their oil. Piya had expected to find the Gangetic Dolphins in the Sundarbans. Ghosh himself informs us in the novel that William Roxburgh discovered the Gangetic Dolphins, which, he said, was found in the rivers and creeks to the south and south-east of Calcutta. This, like the Irrawaddy Dolphin, is also an endangered species. Piya was astounded to find that Fokir recognises Irrawaddy Dolphins, Orcaella brevirostris from the cards that she shows him.…show more content…
The Irrawaddy Dolphins are often seen to be in motion in groups, and Piya become aware of around seven dolphins moving collectively. Piya observes strangeness in the behaviour of the Orcaella and a part of her hypothesis is to point out the adaptability of the Orcaella dolphins in the saline tidal waters of the Sundarbans. The Orcaella that she become aware are of a coastal multiplicity, but she is astonished to find them gathering together in a pool. Piya’s quest now gets a definite

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