Vijay Singh, Times News Network, 30 August 2018
Days after the carcasses of two dolphins were found washed up at Bandstand in Bandra, the autopsy reports have indicated that the dolphins died of respiratory
complications. Confirming the reports, head of the state forest department’s mangrove cell N Vasudevan said that polluted sea water is apparently the reason.
“Further marine research needs to be done to pinpoint the cause,” he said, adding that in the previous dolphin death cases too respiratory problems had been indicated as the cause of death.
So far this year, more than a dozen dead Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins washed ashore along Mumbai’s coast and nearby areas like Raigad and Thane. Environmentalists reiterated that seawater pollution along Mumbai coast is the likely cause of the recent dolphin deaths.
Environmentalist D Stalin said that deaths of 90 marine animals, including dolphins, reported around Mumbai shores over last four years were caused due to untreated sewage and effluents being thrown into Arabian Sea. “When water is contaminated, their vital organs including lungs get affected,” he said.
Debi Goenka of Conservation Action Trust said that pollution caused due to dumping of chemicals and sewage is wreaking havoc in the sea.
“It should be the top prioirity for our municipalities and the state to reduce this marine pollution, by scientifically treating effluents and sewage water,” Goenka said.