Two scientists from Tokyo University started an observation project at the world-famous Chilika lake in India, the largest coastal lagoon of the country, to find out more about the behavior of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin species.
They have made an assessment on the feasibility of installing a permanent observation station at the mouth of the lake and would carry out the experiment till March 17, an official of the Chilika Development Authority said.
The authority has been working with Tokyo University on studying dolphins since 2006.
“During the last census, one unanswered question was whether the dolphins were migrating from lake to sea or vice-versa. To understand this behavior, the installation of a permanent observation station at the mouth of the lake was proposed,” the official said.
It is currently believed that about 145 Irrawaddy dolphins live in the lake. The area is also home to the largest population of migratory birds in India.