- A team of scientists and researchers from the College of Fisheries, Mangaluru has ascertained the causes behind the deaths of two dolphins which were recently stranded along the shore of the Mukka and Sasihitlu beach, Mangaluru, Karnataka.
- According to the team, the dolphins could have died due to various environmental conditions such as extreme tidal fluxes, extreme weather condition, solar storms, human activities, illness or injury or pollution (toxic effects of oil spill).
- In India, Dolphins are protected species as per the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The government has also declared Gangetic Dolphin as the national aquatic animal. Gangetic dolphin is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List.
- India also has a sanctuary for conservation of Gangetic Dolphin known as the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, located in Bhagalpur District of Bihar.
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