Dolphin carcass washes ashore Versova beach; Third case in the last two months

Since 2015, 86 Marine Animals have been found dead on the coastline of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region


Late Monday night, a decomposed carcass of a five-foot Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin washed ashore Versova beach. In the last two months, this is the third case where a dolphin carcass has washed ashore Versova. And since 2015, 86 marine animals have been found dead along the coastline of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Makarand Ghodke, Assistant Conservator of Forest, State Mangrove Cell informed that they were not able to conduct post-mortem as the body was decomposed and mutilated beyond repair. He added that morning walkers and joggers at Versova informed them about the Dolphin. As most of its internal organs had spilled out of the body, they buried the dolphin at the beach itself, said Ghodke.

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Meanwhile, last Thursday, a 43-foot Blue Whale had washed ashore Uran, Navi Mumbai. On Monday, Mangrove Cell Officials transported the skeletal remains of the same to the marine mammal museum in Airoli using a freight trailer.

Ghodke spoke about the skeletal remains and how it will boost research studies related to marine mammals along the Konkan coast. He added that marine mammal deaths in Mumbai are on the rise and they are pushing for speedy construction of a marine mammal rescue centre at Juhu. 

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