River dolphins do not stand alone but are part of a greater and complex freshwater ecosystem. Increasing our knowledge of river dolphins and their natural environment is of benefit to all life that depends on the rivers. Research is an essential part of protecting river dolphins. It helps us to find out how many dolphins there are and what are the most important areas for them. It also helps us to understand how they interact with their environment and how they are affected by human activities. This knowledge is of great the importance of developing and adapting management and conservation measures.
Abundance, Distribution and Behaviour
WHERE ARE THEY AND WHAT ARE THEY DOING?
We collect data on the number of dolphins, their distribution, and their behaviour by observing and counting them from boats and land.
HOW DOES IT SOUND?
The underwater world of river dolphins is full of sounds, natural and human-made. Using hydrophones (underwater microphones), we collect recordings of the different sounds river dolphins make and of the rivers and lakes they live in.