The Maharashtra state mangrove cell has a new task on hand: to regulate dolphin tourism. With around 500 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins being spotted in Sindhudurg, the cell is drawing up a slew of measures to monitor ‘dolphin shows’ in the waters of Sindhudurg, reports DNA.
The cell’s main worry are boats carrying tourists going extremely close to dolphins. But then, how did the mangrove cell get involved here?
In March 2014, four youngsters – Ketaki Jog Mihir Sule, Isha Bopardikar, Dipani Sutaria and Vardhan Patankar – from the Konkan Cetacean Research Team started a study. It was supported by the Union government and the United Nations Development Programme, and the Maharashtra State Mangrove ell is the implementing agency.