The Irrawaddy dolphin is a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin found near the sea coasts and in estuaries and rivers in parts of Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia. Its characteristics are similar to that of the Australian snubfin dolphin and was not identified as a separate species until 2005. The dolphin comes under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is categorized as Â“endangeredÂ” in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
An Irrawaddy dolphin was found dead in OdishaÂ’s Chilika Lake recently. This is the eighth dolphin death to be reported from the state in 8 months. Spinner dolphins were also found dead in the state in recent months.