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7-ft dead dolphin washes ashore Bhayander creek

Rising sea pollution, ingestion of plastic waste or even poaching at high seas, could have led to the mammal’s death.

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2018 08:49 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times, Bhayander
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The dolphin had injuries near its mouth and tail fin. (Dhiraj Parab/ HT Photo )

A 7-feet dead dolphin washed ashore Bhayander creek on Wednesday. The dolphin was found between two boats anchored at Jesal Park, Bhayander (East).

The mammal had injuries near its mouth and tail fin and it is possible that it may have been hit by a passing fishing trawler.

Dennis Maalya, a fisherman from Bhayander said the dolphin was seen by a fisherman near the koliwada at Jesal Park when he was about to set sail. “The dolphin was stuck between two boats. He called me and when I reached the spot, we found that it was already dead. We called the local forest department official. On his suggestion, we cremated the dolphin at the beach,” he said.

Bhushan Bhoir, assistant professor, Dandekar College, Palghar, said, rising sea pollution, ingestion of plastic waste or even poaching at high seas, could have led to the mammal’s death.

“Since the past few months, dead dolphins have been washing ashore across Mumbai and Raigad districts,” he said.

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First Published: Sep 13, 2018 08:49 IST