CMFRI (Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute) brings out the Whale Stranding Infographics on the Indian Coastline. All the 113 incidents recorded since the year 1871. Also knows as beaching is a situation where marine mammal run
Indian coastal line covers more than 7516 km in total. Which has a composition of sandy beaches, muddy flats, rocky coasts and marshy land. India has habitats on both side Bay of Bengal on the east and Arabian Sea on the west which provide great living conditions for these large creatures. And yet we find some whale stranding on the coastline.
Most of the reason why this happens is unknown but some of the identified reasons are Disease, Parasite infestation, Harmful algal blooms, Injuries due to ship strikes, Fishery entanglements, Pollution exposure, Trauma, Starvation and Weather or Oceanographic events. Anyways, if you find yourself in a situation to witness whale stranding inform the local authorities immediately. Link to the Infographics. CMFRI has also given a training manual on how to deal with marine mammal stranding.
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