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South Asian River Dolphin
Scientific Name:
Platanista gangetica gangetica
Family Name:
grey-brown, sometimes with a pinkish belly
fish, squid, crustaceans and turtles
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South Asian River Dolphin

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South Asian River Dolphin Description
  The Ganges River Dolphin has a long beak which thickens toward the tip, revealing the large teeth; the mouthline curves upward. The body is stocky with a rounded belly, the flippers are large and paddle-shaped, and there is a low triangular hump in place of a 'true' dorsal. The forehead is steep and the blowhole is on the left of the head, above the tiny, poorly-seeing eye. The tail flukes are broad in relation to the body size. Ganges River Dolphins are grey-brown in color, sometimes with a pinkish belly, and measure between 1.5 and 2.5m in length, weighing a maximum of 90kg.  
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