|Anoop K M
||Panathady, Kasaragod, Kerala
||Indo-Pacific finless porpoise
More than one meter in length. Found dead near the shore. Total two individuals
I and my friend Akhil went to the Mogral estuary for bird watching. Unlike other estuaries in Kasaragod district, there was not much crowd here. But illegal sand smuggling is rampant. While walking along the beach, we noticed that a flock of crows were feeding something. First, we saw only one dolphin like creature. later one more was found dead a few yards away. At first, we both thought it was a dolphin. It was later identified as the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise (from our photographs). Their corpses, which were almost more than a meter long, were not decomposed. No other injuries could be found except the crow's claws. From Google search, we came to know that it is an endangered species, so we informed to the Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department Kasaragod Range Forest Officer. As per their instruction, we dragged it to the shore so that it would not be swept away by the tide. And the exact google location also sent to them. And they informed us that forest officers will visit the place by tomorrow morning and do the necessary action.
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