This one's for our water babies

To create awareness about the world of water mammals, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has organised a talk by Dipani Sutaria on the science and conservation of marine mammals in India on August 30.

Two dolphins open their beak to catch a fish they’re being fed at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany on August 16, 2012. PIc/ AFP Photo

The talk will include interesting case studies on the Irrawaddy Dolphins found in the Chilika lagoon in Odisha, and will also highlight the lacunae in knowledge of marine mammals in India, the opportunities, limitations for carrying out research and some ongoing research activities.

Marine mammals are culturally and economically significant, and International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed 25% as ‘Threatened’ globally. Indian waters have at least 30 species including whales, dolphins and dugongs, many of which are listed as ‘Data Deficient’, while a few are listed as ‘Endangered’. Most of these records are from carcasses washed ashore.

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