Posted by: The ocean update | March 21, 2017

Carcass of bottlenose dolphin washed ashore in Dhanushkodi (India)

Forest officials examining the carcass of the dolphin which was washed ashore at Dhanushkodi near Rameswaram on Tuesday. | Photo Credit : handout_e_mail

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 (J Arockiaraj|). MADURAI : The carcass of a female bottlenose dolphin (Ed Sibylline : it’s an Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa Plumbea type)) was washed ashore at Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

The dolphin, which was around 20 years old, weighed 250kg. It was eight feet long.

On being alerted by fishermen, forest department officials headed by Mandapam range officer Sathish visited the spot.

Forest officials said the dolphin might have suffered a head injury after hitting a coral reef or a fishing craft. The carcass was buried on the seashore after a postmortem.

The Gulf of Mannar is home for marine mammals like dugongs, whales and dolphins.

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