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  • Marine National Park in the Gulf of Kutch is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Kachchh in the Jamnagar District of Gujarat state, India. In 1980, an area of 270 km². from Okha to Jodiya was declared Marine Sanctuary. Later, in 1982, a core area of 110 km² was declared Marine National Park under the provisions of the Wildlife Act, 1972 of India. It is the first national marine park of India. There are 42 islands on the Jamnagar coast in the Marine National Park, most of them surrounded by reefs. The best known island is Pirotan. Among the fauna found here include: coral, Dugong and smaller cetaceans. Larger whales such as Blue Whales, Sei Whales, Humpback Whales, and Sperm Whales were possibly almost wiped out due to illegal whaling by Soviet Union. Whale Sharks can be found in deeper areas. Surprisingly large scale of Greater Flamingo colony, reaching up to 20,000 nests are known to occur along the gulf. There are 42 islands in the Arabian Sea with coral reefs and the park is situated in one of those.

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