After whale, dead dolphin found on Mumbai beach

A dead dolphin was washed ashore on a beach on the outskirts of Mumbai in India. This incident came a month after a 35-foot Bryde’s Whale was beached on the Juhu Beach of Mumbai.

Villagers spotted the dolphin on the Bhoigaon Beach in Vasai on Wednesday morning.

The local authorities informed wildlife officials about the incident.

Villagers said that the dolphin, which was around 5 feet long, had injury marks on its body. In the past, several incidents of dead dolphins being washed ashore at Vasai, Dadar and Juhu beaches have been reported.

The increasing frequency of dolphins washing ashore or being found in shallow waters is now of deep concern among environmentalists.

Around two months ago over 100 whales were washed ashore in Tamil Nadu, on east coast of India. After that a month ago Bryde’s whale was found on Juhu Beach on west coast in Mumbai.

An expert had said that the whale could have died due to change in water temperature due to climate change, pollution, plastic consumption, or disease.

In June last year, a 42-foot-long blue whale was washed ashore at the Revdanda coast, about 17 kms south of Alibaug in the neighbouring Raigad district in India.