Daily Decay (31st January 2015): River Snails (Filopaludina sumatrensis peninsularis) @ Sengkang Riverside Park

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The NUS Kent Ridge campus serves as a hotspot for migrating birds, but not all of them make it through alive.

This female Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu), for instance, died today after flying into a glass door at the NUS Computer Centre. It’s since been taken back to the Avian Evolution lab for DNA sampling and preservation.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Rare Megamouth Shark dies in Albay shore
By Joel Locsin, 30th January 2015;

A 15-foot Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) died at the shore of a town in Albay province on Wednesday.

The shark was believed to have died after it was trapped in a fishing net for several hours off Barangay Marigondon in Pio Duran town, GMA News stringer Michael Jaucian reported.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Regional Emergency Stranding Response Team head Nonie Enolva said the Megamouth Shark is considered the 66th documented in the world and 15th in the Philippines.

The Megamouth Shark is also considered an endangered species.

Photos posted by GMA Bicol’s Maila Aycocho on Twitter showed the Megamouth Shark’s remains in ice.

Source: GMA News Online

Backlog: the beautiful Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) that was found dead at TMSI kitchen… ‘Bird-man’ David has taken a look at the carcass, and couldn’t find any obvious cause of death…

Source: Naturely Curious Facebook

A rare and unusual species of shark called the Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios), a deepwater filter-feeding shark, was beached early Wednesday morning at Barangay Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay.

The shark is the 66th recorded specimen in the world, 15th in the Philippines and the 2nd in Bicol Region. It is a male shark that measures up to 4.6 meters in length and weighs approximately 1 ton.

Currently, the shark is now kept frozen in a storage room at an ice plant in Daraga, Albay awaiting necropsy procedures to be performed by the veterinarians from the Provincial Veterinary Services.

The Authorities plan to preserve the shark through Taxidermy and place it at Albay Parks and Wildlife in Legaspi City.

Source: BFAR Bikol Facebook

(This is Part 4 of a 4-part photo set)

A rare and unusual species of shark called the Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios), a deepwater filter-feeding shark, was beached early Wednesday morning at Barangay Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay.

The shark is the 66th recorded specimen in the world, 15th in the Philippines and the 2nd in Bicol Region. It is a male shark that measures up to 4.6 meters in length and weighs approximately 1 ton.

Currently, the shark is now kept frozen in a storage room at an ice plant in Daraga, Albay awaiting necropsy procedures to be performed by the veterinarians from the Provincial Veterinary Services.

The Authorities plan to preserve the shark through Taxidermy and place it at Albay Parks and Wildlife in Legaspi City.

Source: BFAR Bikol Facebook

(This is Part 3 of a 4-part photo set)