Fake news about wild animals reclaiming urban spaces may seem cute, but it’s dangerous


Fake news about wild animals reclaiming urban spaces may seem cute, but it’s dangerous

Around a month ago, an Indian film star shared a video of dolphins near Mumbai shores, on social media. The video, viewed over 118,000 times, was shared widely on social media with people celebrating the appearance of the dolphins, with some even terming it as a “rare” occurrence and the dolphins “coming back.” Shaunak Modi, co-founder of Coastal Conservation Foundation and member of Marine Life of Mumbai, who in fact photographed the same pod of dolphins a month before their video began to be widely circulated as linked to the lockdown, points out that this species, the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, is a coastal cetacean species and lives in near-shore waters.



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