A total of 26 dolphins stranded in 13 different barangay/towns in La Union and Pangasinan on January 26 and 27. 13 were immediately released, 12 died, and 1 is currently being rehabilitated by PMMSN headed by BFAR 1.
This carcass of an adult male was found along Kranji Dam last Sunday (25 Jan) thanks to a member of the public. His cause of death is still unknown and we await an autopsy to find out.
It is sad, but in his death, we obtain valuable information such as physical measurements, DNA and gut contents for diet analysis among many other things.
If you have seen any animal carcasses, please contact the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at +65 6516 5082, or contact this page with information on the species, exact location and condition of animal.
Thanks to Ivan Kwan and his colleagues for the retrieval and delivery of the carcass!
Yesterday afternoon I received word about a White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) carcass outside the 28th floor window of Centennial Towers at Millenia Walk.
Unfortunately, due to the inconvenient location of the bird, we had to wait till today for the building management to kindly retrieve the carcass by gondola. This meant that the Eagle was emitting a right proper pong by the time I brought it back to the lab, not helped by the fact that fish-eating birds are also naturally smelly.
Based on what I could tell, the bird had a thoroughly broken neck, which suggests that it may have died after flying into the glass window. Now this is very unusual since White-bellied Sea Eagles are very well-adapted to urban living and shouldn’t have any problems with glass windows at all. The building manager did mention, however, that another Sea Eagle was found at the same time on the roof of the building, injured and unable to fly. It might be that the two birds could have been fighting and one of them, disoriented and dazed, could’ve lost its bearings and flown directly into the window and died. The other bird is now reportedly at the zoo being treated for its injuries.
Photos courtesy of Anuj Jain. Thanks to Wong Ley Kun for informing me about the bird.