Monday, November 28, 2005

Documentary about dolphins of the Ganges river

The shooting of the film aimed at sensitising the commoners on the depleting population of the 'Gangetic Dolphine' is underway in the Katrania Ghat wildlife sanctuary here.

The exercise forms part of, World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) resolve to prevent the declining population of the rare acquatic species from becoming a part of history.

A film crew from South Africa based Back-to-Back company started capturing the riveting 'modus vivendi' of the dolphin in the Gerua river from November 20.

The crew led by producer Herman, an expert cameraman who has under his belt as many as 400 films, were seated inside a submarine to capture the natural underwater shots through their advanced lens eyes.

Convenor of WWF, Fresh Water and Wetlands Programme Sandip Beura told UNI here today that the film will be completed in six months time and its shooting in the sanctuary famous for this rare genre of dolphins will go on for one month.

Dr Beura said a host of efforts were being taken by the WWF for conserving the depleting population of Gangetic dolphins, including making Big B Amitabh Bachchan's daughter Shweta Bachchan as the 'Dolphin Ambassador', besides this film to be aired by all prominent international channels including National Geographic and Discovery.

''The population of this jovial animal in river Bramhaputra, Ganga and their tributries has declined alarmingly to 2,000, with 28 to 36 inhabiting the waters of the Gerua river alone,'' Dr Beura maintained. ''It is high time we started caring for this acquatic delight, for preventing it from becoming part of wildlife annals.''

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