Dugong found off India's north-west coast13/01/2013 15:19:04 Rare dugong carcass spotted off Gujarat coast; sparks hope of a nearby population
January 2013: In a rare find, a dugong carcass was spotted off the Gujarat coast. The animal, about 5 feet in length, has been taken in for autopsy by authorities.
Professor BC Choudhury, Senior Advisor and Scientist with the Wildlife Institute of India (WTI), said, "It's unfortunate that the animal is not alive but this is still exciting news. For years there have only been speculations of their presence here, with evidence extremely rare."
RD Khamboj, Chief Conservator of Forests and Director - Gulf of Kutch Marine National Park (GoKMNP), said, "This is good evidence that GoKMNP is a habitat for dugongs. It may be the sea grass beds along GoK that attract them here."
He added that more information could be ascertained once the autopsy is done. "This is apparently a female (possibly a juvenile), and this could mean the possibility of a breeding population nearby."