An injured Arabian common dolphin released by WWF-Pakistan staff
Posted on 16 February 2015

Karachi, Abdullah Panjwani, an eco-guard working for WWF-Pakistan at Kakapir Village, Sandspit Karachi has rescued an Arabian common dolphin (Delphinus capensis tropicalis) at Sandspit Beach during the wee hours on Monday. The guard was collecting information about marine turtles and noticed around 11 feet large dolphin entrapped in the shoal on the sandy beach which was struggling to move back to sea. He observed that dolphin had marks of injuries below its eye. Following standard protocol for release of dolphin entrapped on beaches, he single handedly rescued the dolphin to return to sea. It took about half an hour before the dolphin was successfully returned to the sea at around 5:30 am.

Naveed Ali Somoro, In-charge of WWF-Pakistan’s Wetland Centre at Sandspit pointed out that fishermen and residents of coastal area have been made aware of the importance and conservation of dolphins, whales and turtles, therefore, they try to safely release such species if they are found entrapped. He further added that Abdullah Panjwani is a trained worker of WWF-Pakistan who has also rescued number marine turtle hatchlings.

According to Abdullah Panjwani, dolphins are considered as friendly animals by fishermen in the area; therefore, they try not to harm them when these are trapped in fishing nets. In March 2009, about 250 pantropical spotted dolphins were beached on mass scale at Gaddani and WWF-Pakistan’s staff with the help of coastal communities struggled to release almost all of them safely back into the waters. Ms. Lal Bibi had played a vital role in release of these dolphins, hence WWF-Pakistan in recognition of her services, awarded her Syed Asad Ali Award for Nature Conservation.

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