All about Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises & Dugongs of India

Of the 120 odd species of marine mammals found in the world, 30-35 cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and one sirenian, the dugong, are found in the waters of the Indian subcontinent. See the taxonomical list of species for our waters and how to identify them at sea or on land.

How many instances are there of bottlenose dolphins sighted in our waters? Where has the Killer Whale been seen in India? When was the last time a blue whale washed ashore in Gujarat? The answers to these and other questions can be found at ‘Sightings and Strandings’.

Have you come to know about a whale that has landed along the coast or did you see a group of dolphins from the beach? You may have just seen an item in a local newspaper, but your knowledge is potentially valuable. You can report sighting/strandings to the online database by clicking on ‘‘Submit a Record ’.

Have you ever come across a dolphin or whale, dead or alive? You can help in these situations if you read ‘How to deal with a stranding’ .

Ongoing research by us is listed under ‘About Us ‘ – please do get in touch if you are looking for research experience.

Citing the website or data used from the website

Within text: Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Network of India (year of access)
In List of References: Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Network of India (year of access ) accessed on date
For eg. Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Network of India (2017) accessed on August 8th 2017 Website link

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