Mumbai: The carcass of yet another Indian Ocean humpback dolphin washed ashore at Juhu beach on Monday, making it the fourth such case this month. Noticeably, the carcass was surrounded by a pile of plastic spat out by the sea. The marine mammaI is the 10th to be beached on Mumbai’s shoreline this year.
Forest officials said the six-foot-long carcass was so decomposed that even an autopsy could not be done to determine the cause of death. “Our team buried the carcass at the beach itself. The dolphin may have died a few days ago in the sea. The number of cases have been too many this month,” said Prashant Deshmukh, range forest officer (west), state mangrove cell.
He added the main reason for so many deaths could be sound pollution in the sea or due to respiratory disease and infections. On July 27, an eight-foot dolphin of the same species had washed ashore at Girgaum Chowpatty. It was buried at Bhandup after a post mortem. Earlier this month, two more carcasses washed ashore in Bandra, at Chimbai beach on July 11 and at Bandstand on July 12 respectively.