Mumbai: Humpback Dolphins Spotted Near Gateway of India

Mumbai: Humpback Dolphins Spotted Near Gateway of India

During the prolonged coronavirus lockdown in Mumbai last year, several residents spotted dolphins on the coastline while also posting videos of the same on social media platforms. This also fueled the idea that human activity is contributing to nature “healing” itself. 

While this may be true in the case of air pollution, experts say that the phenomenon of dolphin sightings across the coast of Mumbai isn’t particularly new. 

The most recent sighting of dolphins was made between Alibaug and the Gateway of India on Sunday when the adored creatures were spotted playing around a boat making its way back to the city. 

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Co-Founder of Coastal Conservation Foundation (CCF), Mumbai, Shaunak Modi said, “These are Indian Ocean humpback dolphins. They are coastal species, which means they live in nearshore waters and we have been seeing them every single day for a few years now.” 

Coastal Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Mumbai that works towards marine conservation. 

“This is the habitat that they live in. It has no connection to pollution or lockdown,” Modi added.

However, it goes without saying that sightings of dolphins during the lockdown has certainly brought joy to Mumbaikars. 

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Many on social media have shared videos of dolphin sightings, while some have taken the leap to credit the State for the conservation of marine life. Current trends suggest that dolphin sightings will continue in the future. 

Dolphins were spotted near Vashi Creek a couple of months ago, while a few Humpback dolphins were venturing in the waters close to the Bandra-Worli sea link not too long ago. However, given the vastness of social media, several videos of dolphin sightings have been repeated. 

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