Dolphin stranded in Gujarat backwaters dies

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2013 03:05 hrs

Ahmedabad: A dolphin stuck in backwaters of sea towards Tapi River in Gujarat was found dead on Sunday, officials said.
It had drifted from the shoal of dolphins spotted in the river a few days ago, they said. "Yesterday, a dolphin was found stranded in backwaters of the sea towards river....its carcass was found today," Principal Chief Conservator of Forest CN Pandey told PTI.

He said the authorities had tried hard to ensure that it goes back to sea. "But, sometimes these large fish tend to deviate and drop in shallow waters when sea recedes, and finds it difficult to go back," Pandey said.

The population of this large marine mammal is touted to be rising in Gujarat, but there is no specialised force to guide the animals to freedom in such exigencies, a forest department official said.

Dolphins in Gujarat are frequently spotted in Gulf of Kutch off Jamanagar coast, and their numbers is growing, he added. It is estimated that Gujarat is home to around 50 to 100 dolphins, though no official census has been conducted so far, the officer pointed out.

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