Carcass of Irrawaddy dolphin whose IUCN status is “endangered” has been found near Satapada Forest Range, Chilika on Thursday.
Earlier, Humpback dolphins were 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.”
Satapada Forest Range Officer Manas Mohapatra, the 6 feet 5 inch dophin is a female and has a girth of 3 feet 8 inches as reported by OdishaSunTimes.
Chilika is the largest habitat of Irrawaddy dolphins in the world.