Schools Of Dolphins Return Near Marine Drive Thanks To Drop In Water Traffic

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Social media users around the globe are sharing pictures of how a reduction in industrial, transportation, and business activity, due to the current state of affairs, is allowing Mother Nature to recharge and replenish. And while the news of dolphins returning to the canals in Venice is making us all happy; this occurrence has hit close to home too. Dolphins are now becoming easier to spot near Marine Drive.

Dolphins Now Being Spotted Near Marine Drive

With reduced water traffic in the Arabian Sea, dolphins are now being spotted jumping playfully in the waters. While this is not a new phenomenon, dolphin pods have been regularly seen off the coast near Marine Drive. However, the decrease in water traffic and thereby pollution is what is making them easier to spot.

A regular sailor and adventure enthusiast, Shaun D’souza, recently put up a few pictures on his Instagram, sharing his experience of what a relaxing and calm sail day he had in the ocean, where he got to the opportunity to see some dolphins up-close.

Knowledge Is Power

And while we’re at it, here’s a little trivia about these dolphins: The species of dolphins that we see in the Indian Ocean, is the Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, who prefer shallow waters to live in. This habitat preference of the dolphins places them in some of the world’s most intensively utilized, fished, shipped, modified and polluted waters, according to the IUCN. Dolphins are endangered species and are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

So while we are constantly surrounded by information that is scary and confusing, hope this news calms you down and instills a small sign of hope, that things will get better.

And on the brighter side of things, this reduced human intervention is allowing Mother nature to recharge and replenish herself. She is healing, slowly and steadily. And what better news than that!

Gizel Menezes
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