Attempts under way to save beached False Killer Whale
31st October 2014;

Fishery officials and veterinarians have been closely monitoring a False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) which beached itself on the shore in Pak Pha-nang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat since Thursday.

Mr. Santi Nilwat, a fishery official at the marine resources and research centre in Songkhla, said his men and veterinarians from Phuket have taken turns to watch the whale around the clock and have occasionally applied cream on the animal’s body to prevent its skin from getting dry since Thursday.

He disclosed that the whale was found to have contracted infectious diseases in its respiratory system causing it to have difficulty in breathing. Its general condition is not good and it cannot swim by itself, he added.

Saline water mixed with antibiotics has been intravenously administered to try to save the animal, said Mr. Santi.

Source: Thai PBS

The article misidentified the animal in distress as a Killer Whale or Orca (Orcinus orca).

Update: Unfortunately, the False Killer Whale has died, and a necropsy revealed that it had ingested pieces of plastic, which might have contributed to its poor condition and death.

On Halloween night, we have to say that one the scariest things for our officers (and the animals) is to find an animal stuck on glue. Thankfully, Abracadabra, the Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) was released following a couple of cleaning sessions. But Carmen, the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) rescued today, has gotten very badly stuck to the glue, and we hope that Carmen pulls through this.

Please, please help to spread the word not to use glue boards/traps for any animals

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

Our heartfelt thanks to a school in Tampines, for getting help for the stranded and lost Black Bitterns (Ixobrychus flavicollis). Unfortunately one of them had passed away before we arrived but the other survived for immediate release.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

A beautiful Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina), found dead in Tiong Bahru by Isabelle Lee. Like most of the dead birds that have passed through me, this one’s neck is definitely broken – likely another case of windowkill. In the freezer now, bound for David Tan from the Avian Genetics lab tomorrow.

Source: Sean Yap Instagram

The Pin-tailed Parrotfinch is native to the region, but has not been recorded from the wild in Singapore. It is likely that this individual was a former captive.

Quite a stench: The dead fish found in a monsoon drain in Taman Putra, Ampang is worrying residents.

Malaysia: Fears over dead fish in monsoon drain
By Shalini Ravindran, 2014;

The discovery of more than 1,000 dead fish in a monsoon drain in Taman Seraya, Ampang last Saturday has got residents in two neighbourhoods worried.

It is believed to have originated from a waste water treatment facility and oxidation pond belonging to Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd at Taman Seraya.

Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng, who highlighted the issue, said the matter was a cause for concern as residents in Taman Seraya and adjacent Taman Putra claimed to have seen foreigners collecting the dead fish.

“This is very worrisome as we do not know if they are consuming the fish or even selling them at the nearby market,” she said, adding that the fish was a type of Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) species.

Ampang Jaya municipal councillor Jason Lim claimed that the problem had been occurring for many years.

“Twice a year, we usually see the dead fish in the monsoon drain along Jalan 19 and Jalan 22. Not only that, the residents have to put up with the stench,” he said.

Taman Putra resident How Kee Hong, 56, said although it was rare to see the dead fish, it was the overflowing of the sewage drains that was the main problem.

“Whenever it rains, the manholes along Jalan 22 will overflow and the waste water is washed into our compounds. It becomes very filthy and we have to spend the day cleaning up,” she said.

IWK Communications senior manager Shahrul Nizam said there was evidence that the perimeter fence of the oxidation pond had been tampered with.

He suspected that some unscrupulous people had entered the area to catch the fish.

“We think they may have poured some sort of chemical into the water to make them float.

"We are still investigating the matter but in the meantime, we will tighten security to ensure this does not happen again,” Shahrul said.

Source: The Star

Malaysia: Fish Breeder Suffers Losses By Poisoning Of ‘Kelah’ Fish

29th October 2014;

A fish breeder in Kampung Lepan Jaya here is estimated to have suffered over RM500,000 in losses after about 6,000 of his ’kelah’ (Malaysian Mahseer) (Tor tambroides) fish died of suspected poisoning.

Mat Nawi Hussin, 55, said 4,000 of the dead fish weighed more than one kilogram each and could have been sold at RM150 each while the other 2,000 were fry that had been released into the pond a year ago.

He realised the poisoning at 8 am last Saturday when he went on his rounds to inspect the ponds, he told reporters here Tuesday.

Besides the kelah, Mat Nawi also breeds other types of fish in seven other ponds around his house, such as ‘tilapia’ (Oreochromis sp.), ’keli’ (walking catfish) (Clarias spp.) and ’patin’ (Iridescent Shark Catfish) (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus).

“I suspect that someone poisoned the kelah fish as the pond is located close to the main road in the village,” he said.

Mat Nawi, who has been breeding fish since 2007, said he had reported the matter to the Gua Musang District Fisheries Department.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia: Fish Breeder Suffers Losses By Poisoning Of ‘Kelah’ Fish

Photos by Carolyn Tyler and Jakarta Animal Aid Network

Lembata Blues: Emotional Rescue
By Mark Heighes, 28th October 2014;

We were diving at a site called the Brewery in East Lembata when one of our crew, who comes from the island, told me his sister had just seen some beached whales, six meters in length, on the north coast. So I let a few people know, via SMS. We gave some thought to checking it out, but decided to stick to the plan and cruise out to the small island of Komba for the next day of diving. Komba is an erupting volcano about 35 miles north of Lembata, out in the open Flores Sea. She gives as a good show both above and underwater.

While we were out there, I received a sat phone call from Jos informing us that the whales were not beached but, in fact, stranded in a lagoon and had been identified as Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus) – the largest living animals that ever roamed the planet, yet some of the least understood. They are very timid and elusive animals that do not like to be close to humans. We have previously experienced this on countless attempts to enter the water, swim with them, and photograph these majestic giants of the sea.

It’s not every day you get to help out a few Blue Whales. So I put it to the guests, and we had an overwhelming decision in favor of sacrificing a day of diving to go help out. So that night, after some fireworks from the erupting Komba, we sailed back to Lembata to see what we could do.

We awoke to find four large Blue Whales, ranging from 20 to 25 meters in length, swimming close to shore and trapped by a fringing reef. Then we noticed a gathering of canoes and a bunch of people standing on something. Much to our dismay there was a fifth Blue Whale stranded up on the reef and dead. Apparently, it had beached during the night. It was a male, perhaps 18 meters long.

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Source: The Seven Seas News

The surviving Blue Whales were successfully guided out of the bay.