has declared the dolphin as its national
The Minister for Environment and Forests
Jairam Ramesh said, “Like we
have tiger as a national animal and
peacock as a national bird, we have
declared dolphin as a national aquatic
animal as it represents the health
of the rivers, particularly Ganga.”
Dolphin found in Ganga is also called
Susu in India.
Ramesh said the announcement came
after the first meeting of the National
Ganga River Basin Authority headed
by Prime Minister in chair.
Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister
had proposed naming dolphins as national
aquatic animal at the meeting and
the Prime Minister accepted his suggestion.
Ramesh pointed out Dolphin’s
significance in aquatic life, ‘Since
the river dolphin is at the apex of
the aquatic food chain, its presence
in adequate numbers symbolizes greater
bio diversity in the river system,’