Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Some people hunt Indus River dolphins for their meat and oil. People in some areas eat the dolphin meat, while others use it as a fishing lure, though studies indicate that fish flesh is just as effective. The dolphin’s oil is used for medicinal purposes, its supposed effectiveness as an aphrodisiac, and to rub on one’s skin.
Positive Impacts: food ; source of medicine or drug
- Sinha, R. 2002. An alternative to dolphin oil as a fish attractant in the Ganges River: conservation of the Ganges River dolphin. Biological Conservation, 107: 253-257.
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