Ganges Wildlife

As we’ve been traveling down the Ganges, we’ve been able to see a lot of wildlife. The Ganges is home to over 140 fish species and 90 amphibian species.  It’s been amazing being right on the water and feeling so close to nature through the wildlife we’ve been seeing. We’ve seen birds that fly in the sky, jackals that roam on land, and dolphins that swim in water.

Amazing rafting next to this flock of seagulls

Amazing rafting next to this flock of seagulls

Large flock of seagulls we encountered

Large flock of seagulls we encountered

A jackal on the shores of the Ganges that we spotted early in the morning

A jackal on the shores of the Ganges that we spotted early in the morning

A Ganges River Dolphin!

A Ganges River Dolphin!

We’ve been seeing dolphins for weeks now, but Ulfat finally was able to catch one on camera! The Ganges river dolphin can only live in freshwater and is essentially blind. They hunt by emitting ultrasonic sounds, which bounces off of fish and other prey, enabling them to “see” an image in their mind. They are frequently found alone or in small groups, and generally a mother and calf travel together. Read more about the Ganges River Dolphin on the WWF Ganges Dolphin page.

Lastly, check out an article featuring the expedition on Dream Wanderlust. It features Krushnaa speaking on our mission for this journey!