8-feet-long Dolphin carcass washes ashore Girgaum Chowpatty

The body washed ashore at 2:00 PM on Friday afternoon and has been taken to Bombay Veterinary College for an autopsy

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A carcass of an eight-feet long Indian Ocean humpback dolphin washed ashore at Girgaum Chowpatti on Friday afternoon. This is the eighth incident in 2018 and the third case in the month of July.

According to Forest officials, the carcass washed ashore around 2:00 PM. The forest guards arrived at the site at around 3:00 PM. The body has been taken to Bombay Veterinary College in Parel for an autopsy and will be buried at Bhandup on Saturday.

Prior to this, two dolphin carcasses washed ashore near Chimbai Beach on July 11 and Bandra Bandstand on July 12. Post-mortem results from cases earlier this year revealed that three dolphins had died owing to respiratory infections. Marine biologists said coastal pollution could be the main cause for these deaths.

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The cause of death of the dolphin that washed ashore at Bandra Bandstand could not be ascertained in the autopsy as the body was mutilated and completely decomposed. The autopsy of the Girgaum dolphin could have more conclusive results as it must have died within 72 hours of washing ashore.

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