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Two Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins were washed ashore in and around Mumbai in the past two days. In the first incident, a 6.5 feet long dolphin was washed ashore in Gorai beach early on Tuesday morning.
“Forest department officials reached the spot around 10am. The carcass was removed and sent to the Bombay Veterinary College for post mortem,” said Chief Conservator Officer, N Vasudevan. Officials said that the post mortem was conducted on Wednesday.
While initial reports claimed that there was no external injury to the dolphin, officials said that the post mortem would reveal if the beaching was caused due to some injury.
In the second incident at Bhuigaon in Vasai, the carcass of a 10-foot dolphin too was washed ashore on Wednesday morning. Locals spotted the dolphin and alerted authorities. According to locals, the dolphin had injuries to its head and tail.
An alert regarding a marine mammal having been washed ashore at Girgaum chowpatty too was received by forest officials.
A forest department official said that they are in the process of verifying the alert.
Objects including propellers of ships, anchors and other marine equipment in sea can cause injury to marine mammals. Last month, a 40-foot whale had washed ashore at Juhu beach. A dolphin too had been washed ashore in Manori last year. Marine experts said it would be difficult to say whether this is a worrying trend since the reporting of such incidents had increased in recent years.
“Earlier, such incidents usually went unreported. Only the medical report would reveal whether this was caused due to an injury,” said an expert.