As Mumbai enters Covid-19 lockdown, dolphins spotted off the coast
The world is currently in the midst of its worse crisis since World War 2. Covid-19 has crippled the world economies and so are more than 300,000 people have been infected and has left more than 14,000 humans dead. The UAE has asked residents not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary and all passenger and transit flights have been suspended for the next two weeks.
But while it may seem as if it's one bad news after the other, there's been a lot of good news courtesy the Internet and the memes from this crisis have quite literally brought us all together for a little bit of a laugh.
Last week, dolphins swimming by the port of Cagliari, which is the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia, went viral online. The dolphin theme seems to be making quite an impact on social media users as this week, Twitter has been agog with dolphins now swimming near the coast of Mumbai.
Since everybody was inside these #dolphins came close to Marine drive, #Mumbai to check out. They are local to this area but less fishing & traffic has made them venture more. Sent by a friend. pic.twitter.com/dWa1qtW0Od— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) March 23, 2020
However, this isn't a surprise to local residents. The Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins are local to the area off the coast of Mumbai and have nothing to do with the Covid-19 lockdown the city is currently under.
Wildlife conservationist Darshan Khatau, who took videos told the Hindustan Times that “I have been spotting dolphin pods frequently along Malabar Hill (a district in Mumbai) over the past few years and have an extensive database. These mammals are spotted in shallow waters from the end of December till the onset of the monsoon season.”
The endangered species are usually spotted in their natural habitat - the Arabian Sea between India and South Africa. So while this news had nothing to do with the lockdown imposed on citizens because of Covid-19, it's always nice to see dolphins frolicking in the seas.