1. UNKNOWN DEAD: A close-up shot of the carcass of a yet-to-be determined sea animal that was washed ashore at Pasir Panjang.
2. CLOSER LOOK: Pasir Panjang community leader Hadli Piee taking a close look at a section of the carcass.
Malaysia: Carcass of unknown sea creature washed ashore
By Sandy Mark Luna , 29th December 2013;
A nine-foot carcass, believed to be of a sea creature, was found at D’Cove Pasir Panjang Family Park yesterday.
A worker with Pelita Holding Sdn Bhd Mohd Hamzah Man made the discovery during a round of cleanliness inspection at the recreational area at 7am.
He said he saw a huge object that looked like a heap of rubbish washed ashore at the beach that emitted a foul smell.
“On closer look, I saw it was a carcass of a sea animal.
“This is the first time we have come across a carcass this size in this area.
“Inspection rounds at the beach area is our weekly routine on every Saturday morning to make sure it is clean,” he told reporters.
After the discovery, Mohd Hamzah made a phone call to the patrol police and Bomba for further action.
The carcass could be that of a baby whale or a dugong, but the relevant authorities will be there tomorrow (Monday) to conduct tests on the carcass to determine its actual species.
In the meantime, the carcass was buried at the beach for sanitary purposes and to cover the foul smell of putrefaction.
Source: The Borneo Post
It’s certainly some sort of marine mammal, and most likely a cetacean. Dugong (Dugong dugon) skulls look very different. although the photos really aren’t very informative at all. If only there were more photos of the skull from multiple angles.
Update: The carcass has since been identified as a Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus).