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Friday, October 9, 2009

Centre declares dolphin as National Aquatic Animal

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Like tigers as the national animal and the peacock as the national bird, it has been decided that the rare dolphin found in the Ganga area would be the national aquatic animal as it represents the health of the Ganga – said Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of state for the Ministry of Environment and Forests in a meeting held in New Delhi on 5th October, 2009.

The central Government has declared the dolphin as national aquatic animal in view of saving the good old and the rare dolphin found in the river Ganga from extinction. It is reported that the Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar proposed the matter during the meeting and the matter was approved by members of the authority.

The Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh while briefing the media said – Since the river dolphin is at the apex of the Aquatic Food Chain, its presence in adequate numbers symbolizes greater biodiversity in the river system. Bringing back the dolphins would be the success of the Clean Ganga Mission which has been approved by the authority. The Minister added that the good old dolphin of Ganga is endemic to the river -reports The Hindu in its issue of October 7, 2009.

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