08
Apr
10

The Susu Dolphin


This one has long been on my list of prospective posts, fortunately, I stumbled upon this topic again today. India’s National Animal – Tiger, India’s National Bird – Peacock. Making an animal a National mascot is a way to prevent them from extinction. India’s National Aquatic Animal is the Susu Dolphin.

The Susu is found exclusively to the river systems of northeastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. There are five different populations, but each are separated from each other due to dam construction along the Indus River. It cannot be determined exactly how many live in each of these “groups” as the murky, dark waters camouflage these dolphins.

When looking at the Susu, most would say, “This animal doesn’t look like a dolphin,” and this statement is correct. The Susu has not only a different appearance, but also a different way of life.

The Susu has a thin, long snout, which allows for the rows of sharp teeth to easily be viewed. The head of the Susu is much shorter and fuller than other dolphin species, and there is no apparent dorsal fin. The flippers, both lateral and tail, vary in ways of their own. The lateral flippers look more like “paddles” then like actual flippers and the tail fin of the Susu is longer and wider when compared to species such as the bottlenose or common dolphins.

The most distinctive feature of the Susu is the eyes. Due to its habitat, the Susu is nearly blind. The eyes are used only to determine direction and intensity of light rather then actual site. So how do the Susu hunt, feed, and reproduce? It appears that with the loss of sight the Susu has intensified their echolocation capabilities. The Susu is capable of swimming on its side and scanning the water horizontally by moving their heads up and down while communicating, and searching, by emitting “clicks”.

The IUCN Red List of Endangered Species lists the Ganges and Indus River Dolphins as “Endangered”.

This is a nice read on Susu Dolphins.

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