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Delayed breeding season to blame for beached whales

14 April 2012

MUMBAI: The recent spate of whales getting beached on the coast around Mumbai might be due to a delay in the mammals’ breeding season, resulting in stranding of the whales, a marine biologist has observed. According to marine biologist Dr Vinay Deshmukh, principal scientist, CMFRI, severe cold during this year’s winter might have delayed the mammals’ breeding season.

Since March, more than six big sea mammals, including whales and dolphins, have got washed ashore.

Out of these, four were found around Mumbai while others have been recorded at Dapoli and Velas in Ratnagiri district. The Central Marine Fishing Research Institute (CMFRI), Andheri, is now investigating the cases and will come out with a report by next week.

“I think these whales cannot die due to oil poisoning. More than oil, heavy metals and other chemicals are harmful to them. They also have an acute sense of navigation and know how to avoid large ships,” said Dr Shankar Gajbhiye, chief scientist, National Institute of Oceanography……

Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Delayed-breeding-season-to-blame-for-beached-whales/Article1-840311.aspx


Written by csirindia

April 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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