MUMBAI: It’s official. The ocean cow exists alongside the coast in neighbouring Gujarat. A staff of researchers has simply confirmed this with photographic proof to again its declare of the viable inhabitants of the marine mammal thriving in Gujarat. This comes days forward of World Dugong Day which is well known on Could 28.
The ocean cow, or the dugong, resembles the finless porpoise. It’s the solely herbivorous (seagrass-eating) marine mammal on this planet.
The newest visuals of the dugong’s existence have introduced cheer to the Gujarat state forest division, mentioned researcher Prachi Hatkar from Wildlife Institute of India, which has been learning the ocean cow in Gujarat for the previous 5 years. One other researcher, Sagar Rajpurkar, carried out drone surveillance of the dugong swaying beneath water within the Kutch area final December, conclusively proving that the ocean cow exists in Gujarat. Native fishermen had reported sightings within the space.
4 years in the past, carcasses of three dugongs had beached alongside the Gujarat coast, however that is the primary time that photographic proof of a stay dugong there has come to the fore, states a analysis paper put out by the staff. A analysis scholar from Gujarat had previously documented their presence in his thesis. Sea cows exist alongside the Tamil Nadu coast, and across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The analysis staff, additionally comprising Sameeha Pathan, Shivani Patel, Gem Christian, and Uzair Kureshi, is working in the direction of understanding dugong biology and different features of its life, with Dr J A Johnson and Dr Ok Sivakumar as guides. The mission is partnered by the ministry of setting and local weather change. Principal investigator of the mission, Dr J A Johnson, termed this first-of-its-kind photographic proof an “encouraging outcome”. This was reiterated by R Senthil Kumaran, deputy conservator of forests, Marine Nationwide Park, Jamnagar, who mentioned that the “breakthrough achievement” will buoy the forest division to preserve the dugong inhabitants within the area.
Dugongs typically floor throughout excessive tide to feed on seagrasses.

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