Humpback dolphins a rare species mainly found near Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra was spotted near Bandra- Worli sea link.
Spotting of these rare species has increased from last year as they were seen between the Versova and Madh Jetty on Mumbai’s west coast last year. Earlier this month also these species were found near Sassoon Docks.
N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forests, state mangrove cell, who is also a marine biologist, said that this isn’t a rare sighting, “There are several reports of pods of the species between Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves towards Thane creek end.”
Dolphins are the endangered species which are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. These dolphins usually live in shallow, coastal waters.
The Koli community who is generally fishing in the waters around Madh Jetty and Versova informed that they have repeatedly spotted the Humpback dolphin. The species are also among the most adaptive ones. There have been reports of dolphin sightings on the west coast of Mumbai between Girgaum and Nariman Point, Marine lines too. Last year, pods of the dolphins were spotted near the coast at Haji Ali.
In May last year, a dead Humpback Dolphin had washed ashore Versova Beach. It was too decomposed for a post-mortem and was buried in the sand. In 2017, August, a decomposed dead body of a Humpback dolphin had washed ashore at the Carter Road Promenade in Bandra.