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One of the two South Asian river dolphin subspecies, the Ganges river dolphin has been listed as an endangered species since 1950 (along with its relative, the Indus river dolphin), and now there are only 1,500 to 1,800 left. Thankfully it now seems that India is set to create its first dolphin community reserve to help protect the animal, which is also the country's National Aquatic Animal. Known for its long beak, the dolphin's local name is 'susu', in reference to the noise it makes when it breathes.
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By Alistair Ross - Online Journalism Intern
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