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Carcass of dolphin washed ashore in Tamil Nadu

The forest department in Tamil Nadu said the female bottlenose dolphin, which weighed between 350kg and 400kg, might have  died after accidentally hitting a rock near the shore

Thoothukudi: The carcass of a female bottlenose dolphin was washed ashore in Pullaveli coastal village in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu on Monday morning. The dolphin died after suffering an injury, according to officials. Forest department officials said the carcass of the 10-foot-long dolphin was first spotted by fishermen of the village around 8 am. 

Srivaikuntam forest range officer S Vimal Kumar said the mammal was about three to four years old, weighed between 350kg and 400kg and had a circumference of 1.67 metre. He ruled out the possibility of the propeller of a boat causing the injury -- unlike in several cases – since the injury was near the female organ. β€œThe dolphin could have lost its way and accidentally hit a rock near the shore. It could have died early on Monday morning,” he said. The carcass was buried after postmortem.