Locals crowded to the area after news spread about the dolphins
Two river dolphins were caught in a fisherman's net in Dhorla River near Fulbari border of Kurigram. They were caught from the north of Sheikh Hasina Dhorla Bridge on Thursday.
One of them weighed 40 kilos while the other weighed 200 kilos.
According to locals, the dolphins were caught when a group of fishermen went to the river to catch fish. At that time, the dolphins got trapped in the net of Nirmal Biswas, one of the fishermen.
Locals crowded to the area after news spread about the dolphins.
Although locals insisted on buying the dolphins for themselves, the fishermen claimed they had their own buyers in Fulbari upazila and refused.
Later, Nirmal Biswas sold the two dolphins for Tk20,000 at Chilmari upazila.
Dolphins are highly prized for their body oil, which can be used as a fine lubricant.
Naodanga Union Parishad Chairman Musabbir Ali Musa said the fishermen took the dolphins to Gorakmondol area as they were caught near the border of Kurigram district. Later, they were sold in Chilmari.
Currently, the number of river dolphins is under 1,200. But rampant pollution, using dredgers for lifting river sand, shallow water, plying of mechanized boats and other man-made reasons are sharply reducing the dolphin population.