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Dolphin autopsy completed at CU Halda Lab


Published : 26 Aug 2021 10:19 PM

An autopsy of Gangetic dolphins rescued from Karnafuli river in Hamidchar area of Chandgaon police station has been completed.

Chattogram University (CU) Halda River Research Laboratory and Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) jointly conducted an autopsy on the dolphins on Thursday.

According to researchers, there are only 1200-1800 dolphins of this specific species left in the world today.  The initial inquest of the dolphin rescued from Karnafuli was reported by Chattogram University Zoology DepartmentProfessor Dr. Md. ManjurulKibria, Department of Wildlife and Nature ConservationRanger Md. Ismail Hossain, Forest Department worker Ajoy Dev. 

 The autopsy team completed the autopsy process considering the initial reasons.  The reasons are - the cause of suffocation trapped in the net. Injury, water pollution or poisoning.  Details can be found after examination whether the death is due to food poisoning, disease or bacterial infection.

 Preliminary autopsy found signs of a lung infection and an injury to the back.  It is thought the dolphin caught the net, stopped breathing and later died of back injuries.

 Coordinator of Halda River Research Laboratory Prof. Dr. Md. Manjurul Kibria, Prof. Dr. Junaid Siddiqui of CVASU Department of Pathology and Parasitology, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman, Director, CVASU Veterinary Associate Professor of the Department Dr. Subrata Kumar, Associate Professor of Fisheries Department Dr. Md. Mohiuddin Jahangir.

 The dolphin was rescued from the Karnafhuli river in Hamidchar area of Chandgaon police station on August 1.  Dolphins or Gangetic dolphins are endangered species.  This important intelligent creature is a biological parameter of river health perception.