Snapshots of the Humpback dolphins sighted off Rajodi beach, in Vasai.
MUMBAI : A tourist guide on a speed boat sighted a pod (group) of five Humpack dolphins near Rajodi beach,off Vasai coast on last Sunday. Said Nikhil Tandel, a tourist guide with a water sport firm in Vasai, I was taking a tourist on my ski boat for a joy ride at the Rajodi beach,when suddenly I was delighted to see the pod of dolphins diving in and out of the waters. This is the first time that dolphins was seen near the coast of Vasai,said Tandel.
Usually Humpack dolphins are sighted in Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri coasts and the cetacean usually prefer shallow waters and thus put them in danger of them swimming towards fished and polluted water, said Sachin Main, chairman of Nature and Environment Society of Thane (NEST), an animal welfare organisation. Thus we find cases of dead carcasses of dolphins washed ashore of Bhayander, Vasai coasts since the past few years,said Main.The dolphins are an endangered species under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 andalso the Indian Humpback Dolphins fall in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) "Endangered" category, said Main.