About Us


irrawaddy aboutIrrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) spitting water in Chilika lagoon, India. This behavior could be either to stun fish, or it could possibly be a post suction-feeding event (pers.comm R Pitman) since the structure of the lower jaw, teeth arrangement and beak shape are conducive to suction feeding.@ Dipani Sutaria.


This web site was created in 2008 with financial support and strong encouragement from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society through Nicola Hodgins.

Overall maintenance of the site is carried out by K.S. Natarajan and Kumaran Sathasivam.

Deepa Ramamurthy volunteered to develop the species accounts and gave considerable time to this work.

Dipani Sutaria contributes through evaluation of the technical and scientific content. 

Efforts from all the below mentioned individuals helps to improve the site in various ways.


Contacts of individuals carrying out Marine Mammal Research in India

Abhishek Jamalabad : Abhishek is a MSc in marine biology, studying marine mammal - fisheries interactions off the coast of Karwar, Karnataka since 2015. He has worked with the WWF-Goa office where he helped collect behavioral data around dolphin tourism boats. He is affiliated to Terra Marine Research Institute. 
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Rahul Muralidharan : Rahul is a PhD candidate at ATREE, and has been studying dolphins off the coast of Tamil Nadu with the help of artisanal fishers since 2009. He is interested in studying the effect of the state's conservation/ development policies on fishing communities and coastal dolphins. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Divya Panicker : Divya is a MSc in Wildlife Biology and is studying marine mammals in India since 2013. She first studied humpback dolphins in Kerala and is currently studying marine mammal diversity in the Lakshadweep islands. Divya is interested in looking in multi-species groups and inter species interactions. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ketki Jog : Ketki is a MSc in marine biology, studying marine systems since 2012 and is currently researching marine mammals in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra under KCRT. She is interested in long term research on marine mammal behaviour, culture and interactions with fisheries. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Mihir Sule : Mihir is a MSc in marine biology studying marine systems since 2012 and is currently researching marine mammals in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra under KCRT. Mihir is interest in marine mammal ecology, habitat ecology and its role in speciation and population structure. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Isha Bopardikar : Isha is a MSc in marine biology and is currently researching marine mammals in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra under KCRT. Isha is interested in marine mammal communication and the role of ambient noise on communication.Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vardhan Patankar, PhD : Vardhan Patankar is a coral reef ecologist. He is affiliated to Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and is an INSPIRE Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. He is a senior advisor to KCRT and is advising students interested in marine ecology. He has co-researched Dugongs in the Andaman and Nicobar islands with Elrika D’Souza. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elrika D’Souza, PhD : Elrika is a marine biologist and has been studying Dugongs in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for more than a decade. She is affiliated to Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and her work on Dugongs and Sea grass habitats continues on the islands. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Dipani Sutaria, PhD : Dipani is a freelance ecologist, studying marine mammals since 2001. She is interested in animal behaviour, habitat ecology, socio-ecological systems analysis, and population dynamics. She is advising students who are interested in ecology and conservation. She is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at James Cook University, Australia. Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mahi Mankeshwar : Mahi Mankeshwar studied the intricate phylum of Bryozoans from the Ratnagiri coastline for her Masters by Research in Zoology and has been involved in marine biology ever since. In 2016 she started her research on cetaceans present in the waters of Andaman and Nicobar islands and is interested in knowing the habitat use of cetacean species and how oceanographic factors influence their distribution.