Chennai: Dolphin carcass washes ashore at Kovalam | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: The carcass of a spinner dolphin, often known for its acrobatic skills, was washed ashore at Kovalam beach near Chennai on Sunday. Forest department officials, along with a veterinarian from the animal husbandry department, visited the spot on Monday and conducted a postmortem.
Kalyan Padmanabhan, forest ranger officer, Tiruporur told TOI that the dolphin had died two days ago. “The dolphin had an injury, suggesting that it could have been hit by a boat. It was apparently washed ashore after it died,” he said.
Spinner dolphins are often sighted in the evening off Kovalam beach, emerging from the water to spin several times before splashing back into the water. Fishermen in the area told forest officials that these dolphins often followed their boats. Chengalpet district forest officer Ravi Meena said they would wait for the postmortem report for further details. “Preliminary investigations have been made, and it appears that the dolphin had died due to an injury,” he said. About two years ago, another dead spinner dolphin was washed ashore in Kovalam.
These dolphins are listed under Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and included as ‘vulnerable’ in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.
Experts said their population, however, has been growing. These dolphins are usually found in deep waters and come into shallow waters at night to feed on small fish, shrimp and squid. Since the Kovalam beach is the least polluted along Chennai’s coastline, they are often spotted in the evenings here.