The picture of a gharial swimming across Chambal river with its young ones on its back, offers a ray of hope that efforts put in by the authorities to conserve them are yielding results.
The image that is doing rounds on the internet has been shared by IFS officer Praveen Kaswan. He posted the picture of the adult gharial and wrote that conservation efforts are helping the species improve its population. In his tweet, he also talked about river conservation for the future of this species.
The most attentive #father in the town !! Picture captured by Dhritiman Mukherjee where a #Gharial taking kids across the #chambal river. Conservation efforts are helping this species to bounce back. And when we talk about river #conservation we are also talking for their future. pic.twitter.com/QAYV1afbqe— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) February 6, 2020
The picture, which was captured by Dhritiman Mukherjee, has gone viral with people pouring in comments and likes. Many appreciated Mukherjee for clicking the picture, while some thanked Kaswan for sharing it. Netizens also shared their views on the conservation of gharials.
A responsible parent...Teaching so many lessons in just one image— Karn Singh (@KarnHT) February 6, 2020
One user said that the picture was amazing, while the other called the gharial a responsible father. A netizen reacting to the Kaswan’s tweet wrote that it is so marvelous picture of love and affection.
Wonderful post. Thank you so much for caring and also sharing with us.— Emp Aryan Tscherma (@scheevm) February 6, 2020
A third Twitter user said the nature is great and kind, while another user commented that the picture was glorious.
Mukherjee ji beautiful captured, parveen ji thanks for sharing, otherwise we are going to miss this beautiful kids&father ❤ also have a great morning— Gayathri (@Kannaninradhai) February 6, 2020
Gharials belong to the crocodilian family and can be distinguished by their long, thin snout. They are also known as fish-eating crocodiles.
Although the population of gharials witnessed a rise in the last decade, it still stands at just over 200, according to Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
Three surveys done by WTI between 2017 and 2018 revealed that around 211 gharials are present in the river as compared to merely 15 recorded in 2010.