- Issue: Winter 2021
THE GANGA RIVER :: INDIA
A long, thin snout lined with razor-sharp teeth slowly emerges from an elongated box on the banks of the Ganga River. It is release day for this juvenile gharial.
The basin of India’s storied river is home to over 600 million people and a wide range of rare and threatened species, from the iconic Ganges River dolphin to otters, freshwater turtles, over 140 fish species, and the critically endangered gharial. A nonaggressive, fish-eating member of the crocodilian family, the gharial is threatened by riverbed farming, sand mining, habitat disturbance and destruction, indiscriminate fishing, and entanglement in fishing nets.