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Spectacular Sighting of Humpback Dolphins Off Ganjam Coast

Berhampur: In a mesmerizing display of marine biodiversity, a group of fifteen humpback dolphins was recently spotted off the coast of Ganjam district in the Bay of Bengal. The sighting occurred in the waters between Gokharkuda and Puranabandha, adding a captivating element to the region’s rich natural tapestry.

The discovery was made by vigilant forest department personnel who were patrolling the sea, primarily focusing on the mass nesting of the rare Olive Ridley sea turtles. Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sunny Khokar shared the exciting news, highlighting the significance of such sightings in the Bay of Bengal.

Both humpback and bottlenose species of dolphins are known to make occasional appearances along the Ganjam coast, underscoring the area’s diverse and thriving marine life. Last year, a similar sighting of dolphins coincided with the nesting period of the Olive Ridley turtles along the Ganjam coast. This year, the humpback dolphins have once again graced the region, particularly near the Rushikulya mouth.

The Bay of Bengal, with its unique ecosystem, continues to reveal its wonders, delighting marine enthusiasts, conservationists, and local communities alike. The coexistence of these species, especially during significant events like the Olive Ridley turtle nesting, emphasizes the delicate balance and interconnectedness of marine life in Ganjam district. The forest department remains vigilant, ensuring the protection and conservation of these marine marvels for future generations.

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