Videos of dolphins off Mumbai coast go viral amid coronavirus

Mumbai, Mar 22 (PTI) Videos of dolphins, apparently swimming near Mumbai sea shore, have gone viral on social media, with some attributing the phenomenon to lack of fishing activity recently owing to the coronavirus situation.

Yesteryear actress Juhi Chawla posted a video of dolphins on Twitter, saying 'it seems dolphins were sighted just off the shore...' Another viral video, apparently shot from the NCPA Apartments along the Arabia Sea shore in south Mumbai, featured a pod of dolphins along the coast.

'These dolphins, known as Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins are very much part of Mumbais coastal line and have been spotted frequently in the last few years,' said Shaunak Modi, co-founder of Coastal Conservation Foundation, an NGO documenting marine life of Mumbai.

As per another theory being floated, the state coast line has not seen any major fishing activity in last some days due to growing concerns towards Covid-19, and also movement of large ships at ports like JNPT is limited, which may have led dolphins to make an appearance along Mumbai coast. PTI ND VT VT VT