Nery Absalon, a fisherman from Barangay Malabor, saw the floating mammal, and asked the help of the two fishermen Ian Estefaio and Jcar Namion from the village to drag the mammal to shore.
Photo: Flord Nicson Calawag

Philippines: Dead Dugong found near shoreline of Antique province
By Flord Nicson Calawag, 31st October 2015;

A fisherman found an eight-foot, 350-kilogram Dugong near the coastline of Tibiao town, Antique province on Friday.

Nery Absalon, a fisherman from Barangay Malabor, saw the floating dead mammal, and asked the help of the two fishermen Ian Estefaio and Jcar Namion from the village to drag it to shore.

“This is the first time that a Dugong was caught in Malabor,” said Noel Julian, the barangay (village) captain.

The Dugong (Dugong dugon), commonly known as the sea cow, lives in shallow coastal waters of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. It is the only strictly marine herbivorous mammal.

It is a grey brown bulbous animal with a flattened fluked tail, has no dorsal fins, with paddle-like flippers and a distinctive head shape.

Considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Status, the Dugong is the first marine mammal to be protected in the Philippines, although monitoring this is difficult.

Dugongs graze on underwater grasses day and night and can only stay underwater for six minutes before surfacing. They sometimes breathe by “standing” on their tail with their heads above water.

“The sinker tied to the tail of the dugong and the two 4-inch wounds in its belly and forelimb or flipper implies that the mammal was killed,” said Mario Malabor, an agricultural technologist on fisheries in Tibiao.

The fishermen and fish brokers in the village suspected that a “lantip” or a wide-bladed knife was used in slicing the belly and forelimb or flipper of the mammal.

The mammal was sent to the police station in town for blotter report.

Chief Police Inspector Belinda Martinez of Tibiao believes that “it was intentionally done so that the fish would not float.”

“The big rock wrapped with a net which was used as a sinker is not commonly found in Tibiao. This means that the culprit that killed the Dugong is from another place and was only washed ashore,” said Gil Bandoja, municipal mayor of Tibiao.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Culasi examined the carcass and collected the sinker used to kill the mammal.

UPV Museum of Natural Sciences is conducting taxidermy for the Dugong.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Not sure if the Chief Police Inspector was misquoted, but the Dugong is not a fish…

Thailand: Gaur-shooter hides from angry neighbors

By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, 30th October 2015;

The man who killed a protected Gaur (Bos gaurus) named “Khai Dam” was released on his own recognizance today after turning himself in and apologizing for shooting the animal nine times.

Preeda Paklao, 41, was charged under the 1992 Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act for killing a protected animal after he confessed to killing the 6-year-old Gaur at a palm oil plantation Wednesday night near the Khlong Phraya Wildlife Sanctuary.

The gunman today would not leave his home. His wife said she was concerned he would be harmed by neighbors, who dearly loved Khai Dam because of the Gaur’s friendly personality.

Following the customary “re-enactment” of the crime yesterday, Pol. Maj. Somporn Deeduang said he released Preeda after also filing two weapons charges against him. Preeda will be summoned again when the case is ready to go to court.

Turning himself in yesterday, Preeda told police he was sorry to learn he had killed the Gaur, which is one of few remaining of a once prolific breed in Thailand. Preeda said it was dark when he went to chase away an animal, and he thought mistook the incredibly large creature as something else when he unloaded his gun into its body.

He told police he initially fled upon learning it was Khai Dam but decided to turn himself in.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a 40,000 fine under the law.

Source: Khaosod English

Thailand: Gaur-shooter hides from angry neighbors

Justice for the Dugong of Tibiao!

Mayor Gil Bandoja of Tibiao believes that “the big rock wrapped with a net which was used as a sinker is not commonly found in Tibiao. This means that the culprit in the death of the Dugong is from one of the neighboring towns and was only washed ashore”. The fishermen and fish brokers in the village suspected that a “lantip” or a wide-bladed knife was used in slicing the belly and forelimb or flipper of the mammal.

Source: Flord Nicson J. Calawag Facebook

Thailand: Gaur killer surrenders to police

By Kritsada Mueanhawong, 30th October 2015;

The killer of a beloved Gaur (Bos gaurus), a protected species of bovine, surrendered to police in Krabi yesterday morning.

Preeda Paklaw, 41, presented himself, along with his shotgun, to the Plai Phraya Police.

“Mr Preeda said that while he was hunting, he saw something in the dark that looked like a Serow (Capricornis sumatraensis). He then shot twice,” said Maj Somporn Deeduang of the Plai Phraya Police.

Mainand Serow is a species of goat-antelope native to the region. Adults reach an average weight of about 150 kilograms.

“After he realized it was a Gaur, he was very upset and called a friend to help him move the body and destroy the evidence,” Maj Somporn said.

Mr Preeda told police that if he had known that the animal was a Gaur, he never would have shot it.

The 800-kilogram Gaur, named Jao Kai Dam (black eggs boy) by locals, had migrated to the area from Khao Sok National Park last year. He was found with nine bullet wounds to his body and a deep gash to his neck on Wednesday.

Many locals showed up to watch Mr Preeda reenact the crime yesterday.

He was charged with possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm in public without permission and killing a Category 2 protected species.

Mr Preeda confessed to all charges.

Source: Phuket Gazette

Mainland Serow was a common name used for Serow found in mainland Asia, back when all Serow were considered to be a single species, Capricornis sumatraensis. However, it is now thought that there are actually several species of Serow, with the name Capricornis sumatraensis) restricted to the species known as the Sumatran Serow, which is found in Sumatra and the Thai-Malay Peninsula. Mainland Serow now properly refers to the species also called the Chinese or Indochinese Serow (Capricornis milneedwardsii).

Thailand: Gaur killer surrenders to police

Thailand: Man wanted over dead Gaur

30th October 2015;

Police are hunting a suspect who allegedly killed a Gaur (Bos gaurus), also known as an Indian Bison, in a palm plantation in Krabi’s Plai Phraya district yesterday.

Pol Lt Gen Suphachai Sungsabphaisan, an investigator at Plai Phraya police station, said police were looking into the case after Supachai Chumjai, 34, reported the animal’s death.

Mr Supachai told investigators that Preeda Paklao, 41, a Plai Phraya resident, asked him to use his pickup truck to collect the carcasses of mountain goats he said he had killed at a plantation.

When he arrived in the area, he found the dead Gaur and reported it to the village head and police.

Officers went to search Mr Preeda’s house but did not find him there.

Police said they will seek an arrest warrant for him.

Police investigators found the seven-year-old male Gaur with several shotgun wounds to its body.

Meechai I-soon, head of the Klong Praya Wildlife Sanctuary in Krabi, attended the inspection and said the dead Gaur was named “Kai Dam”.

He said his colleagues had tracked Kai Dam, the only Gaur they had found in the forests of Krabi, for over a year to study the animal’s behaviour.

Source: Bangkok Post

The “mountain goats” targeted probably refer to Serow (Capricornis sp.), either the Sumatran Serow (Capricornis sumatraensis) or Mainland Serow (Capricornis milneedwardsii).

Thailand: Man wanted over dead Gaur

Photos: Christopher Luyong Facebook [1], [2] & DENRIX RPAO Facebook

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Maamo last October 25, 2015 at around 1:30 PM, two months after its rescue and subsequent surgery and rehabilitation.

The Maamo Team has started investigations to determine cause of death but preliminary findings have already ruled out speculations that death was caused by complications due to chest wound as physical indicators show that Maamo’s chest abrasions are minor and superficial.

Source: DENRIX RPAO Facebook

Rare 12.7-foot Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) found in Funda-Dalipe, San Jose, Antique.

The Oarfish, or king of herrings, the longest bony fish in the world, was found on the shore in the said municipality last October 28, 2015. The said rare species could be the second longest Oarfish found in Antique this year, next to the 12.9-foot Oarfish found in Maradiona, Belison last August 12, 2015.

What do you think are the reasons that led to the appearance of the Oarfish in Antique?

Source: Flord Nicson J. Calawag Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook