For the first time in six years, an Indian Ocean humpback dolphin was spotted between the Versova and Madh Jetty last week. Although fishermen say they regularly see humpback dolphins when they go out to fish, it is rare to spot these dolphins so close to shore. HT spotted the live dolphin on May 9, between 4pm and 5pm, between Versova and Madh Jetty. It seemed unperturbed by the small fishing boats that surrounded it. “There are several reports of pods of the species between Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves towards Thane creek end,” said N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. HT shared photos of the dolphin with Vasudevan who confirmed the species and said it was a rare sighting. Dolphins are endangered cetacean species, protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. In 2017, the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin was classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. These dolphins usually live in shallow, coastal waters, which puts them at high risk of getting entangled in fishing nets. (…)