Karnataka: Dolphin washed ashore in Ullal, released back into sea | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: A dolphin washed ashore at Mogaveerapatna in Ullal on Thursday and was later released back into the sea. A team of experts from the College of Fisheries including Dr M T Lakshmipathi, Dr AT Ramachandra Naik, Dr Mridula and Dr Kumar Naik rushed to the spot.
Dr A Senthil Vel, professor and dean (Fisheries) Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, College of Fisheries, Mangaluru, told TOI, that preliminary investigation revealed that a dolphin had washed ashore. “We are not sure if it was alive. By the time we reached the spot, local fishermen had released it into the sea. We suspect that it may have been hit by rocks, or a boat at Surathkal. Dolphins are generally found in groups,’’ he said.
Following this incident, three teams are keeping a close watch at Someshwar,Surathkal and Ullal as, if the dolphin is dead. it would wash ashore, said Dr Senthil adding that since there have been similar incidents in the last few years, there needs to be a creation of awareness among the fishing community on the rescue and release of these mammals henceforth.
The forest division has stressed on the need to conduct a survey, followed by an integrated study on the 40 km coastal stretch from Ullal to Mulki aimed at identifying the dolphin habitat. Last year, six dead dolphins washed up on the shore.

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