“Grab the net!”
Slowly, the trapped blind dolphin was released. The vet quickly checked for any injuries. Satisfied, he nodded and the fishermen set the dolphin free.
“Good job everyone!”
“Mummy, is the dolphin alright?”
Faiza had come with her daughter Alisa for the Indus River tour.
“Yes dear, the fishermen rescued her, so I think she’ll be just fine.”
“My teacher told me about these dolphins, that they’re endangered.”
“Yes, that’s why the local fishermen have been trained to help any dolphin in trouble.”
At that moment, one of the fishermen who had helped with the rescue walked by.
“Thank you for saving the dolphin!” called out Alisa.
He smiled down at her.
“Thank you for your concern, it’s so nice to see that you care about these beautiful creatures.”
“Can I help the dolphins as well?” Alisa asked.
“Why course, when you’re a bit older, you can easily do that! Don’t forget, alright?”
Alisa didn’t, and when she was old enough, she eagerly volunteered with the WWF.
Indus is one of the greatest rivers of the world. It originates high in the mountains of Tibet and flows through Pakistan before reaching the Arabian Sea. The blind dolphins are one of the most endangered and famous species of the Indus River. Functionally blind, they use echolocation, a form of natural sonar, to find fish, shrimp and other prey in the muddy river waters. Local legend has it that Pakistan’s Indus River dolphin was once a woman, transformed by a curse from a holy man angry that she forgot to feed him one day.
The WWF has set up a network of fishing communities to monitor any dolphin in trouble.
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