The carcass of a sea creature found at Kampung Beting Lintang beach last Thursday has been identified as a Melon-headed Whale.

Malaysia: Carcass on Terengganu beach was of Melon-headed Whale
By Zarina Abdullah, 31st January 2016;

The carcass of a sea creature found at Kampung Beting Lintang beach last Thursday has been identified as a Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra).

State Fishery Department director Abdul Khalil Abdul Karim said their checks showed that the whale died in the ocean and had washed up on the beach following recent rough sea conditions.

The carcass was spotted on the beach by villagers.

“It was nearly decomposed, making it hard for our researchers to check,” he said when contacted.

Abdul Khalil said the animal carcass, measuring about 6.8 metres, was buried on Friday afternoon.

“It was learnt that the whale was moving with a pod but became separated, and it later died,” he said.

On Thursday, the State Fishery Department had dispatched a team of researchers to determine whether the animal carcass found at Kampung Beting Lintang beach was that of a whale.

The picture of the partly decomposed animal went viral after it was photographed on the beach near Kampung Beting Lintang.

Source: New Straits Times

6.8 metres seems awfully large for a Melon-headed Whale though, which typically reaches 3 metres in length. It’s likely that this is an error, and that it’s actually much smaller. Another possibility is that the carcass has been misidentified, although among the dolphins, only the Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) reaches such sizes; even the Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), the second-largest dolphin species in tropical waters of Southeast Asia, is not known to grow to such a size.

Picked up a female Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) after it crashed into the glass sliding doors on the third floor of the Botany Centre at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. A big thank you to NParks staff for sending this in.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Dead female Pink-necked Green Pigeon at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It died after colliding with the reflective sliding doors of the Botany Centre building, sustaining serious injury on the right side of its head (it was bleeding from its right eye). The collision was strong enough to leave an imprint on the sliding door.

Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group

Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticultus) close-up. Taken from road kill just outside Bunker Track this morning. It must have been at least two metres long. So sad!

Source: Lim Kim Seng Facebook

An animal carcass found at Kampung Beting Lintang beach, Terengganu.

Malaysia: Decomposed animal carcass perplexes local netizens
By Zarina Abdullah, 28th January 2016;

The State Fishery Department has despatched a team of researchers from the department’s head office to determine whether the animal carcass found at Kampung Beting Lintang beach this morning was a whale.

Its director Abdul Khalil Abdul Karim said the public alerted him about the incident at around 2.30pm and a team of researchers had been despatched to Besut 30 minutes later, to identify the species of the animal carcass.

“From my observation of the circulated picture, the carcass seems more similar to a dolphin rather than a whale. However, we have to wait for the report from our researchers before any confirmation can be made,” he said today.

The picture of the partly decomposed animal went viral after is was photographed on the beach near Kampung Beting Lintang today.

Source: New Straits Times

This is most likely one of the dolphins often known as ‘blackfish’; possibly a False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens), Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata), Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) or young Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus). It’s difficult to conclusively determine the identity of the carcass without more photos from other angles.

Update: This carcass has been identified as a Melon-headed Whale, although cetacean experts have their reservations, since the shape of the head apparently does not match that of a Melon-headed Whale.

Personnel of the Albay Park and Wildlife show the dead Philippine Hawk Eagle on Tuesday.
Photo: Nino Luces

Philippines: Rare Philippine Hawk-eagle shot dead in Albay
By Nino Luces, 27th January 2016;

A one-year old rare Philippine Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis), which is endemic in the country, was recovered at the mountainous part of Camalig town, Albay; but then later died, January 25, 2016.

Dr. Luis Adonay, Albay Provincial Veterinary Office chief confirmed that the rare bird has a gunshot wound at the left lower breast which caused the death of the bird. “It is possible that the internal organs were hit by the bullet which resulted in death,” Adonay said.

He said that the Hawk-eagle has a wingspan of at 1 meter, 2 kilos and was at least 1 year old.

“We will send people to Camalig tomorrow (January 27, 2016) to at least know the origin of the eagle. Mati-trace natin yun. I believe na alaga siya at nakawala dahil na rin sa katawan nitong mataba,” Adonay narrated.

He added that the bird was shot by a still unidentified person at around 1 to 2 p.m. of January 26, 2016, due to the fresh wound at the body.

Dr. Manny Victorino, veterinarian of the Albay Park and Wildlife, said that the bird was found at Quituinan Hills by a concerned citizen then turned over to Camalig Philippine National Police, then later turned over to Albay Park and Wildlife.

Meanwhile, Albay Governor Joey Salceda said that based from report of the Provincial Agriculture Services (PAS), the juvenile bird is not a Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) which was reported earlier, but a Philippine Hawk-eagle.

“I will still ask the PAS for remedial measures. But our IEC on endangered and vulnerable is strong except that you cannot control trigger-happy (air gun) once they see a safe target,” Salceda said.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Marine group says infection killed Dolphin in Jagna

By Rey Anthony H. Chiu, 27th January 2016;

New findings from a marine group have shed more light on the details surrounding the dead dolphin that washed ashore earlier in Pangdan, Jagna.

According to necropsy reports published on Balyena.org and shared to the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP), the Dolphin was a female Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) and not a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) as earlier reported.

Police and municipal fisheries and aquatic resources authorities earlier erroneously identified the Dolphin as a Bottlenose, measuring an overall length of 2.2 meters and a girth of 37 centimeters.

It had inflicted wounds on its body, more prominent of them has been an identified Cookiecutter Shark bite about five inches from its dorsal fin.

While observers believed the abrasions on the left side of the animal could have caused the death, Balyena.org in their necropsy report stated that the animal had a severe infection of roundworms (nematodes) in its stomach and tapeworms (cestodes) in its blubber and muscles.

“The parasitic infection caused ulcerations in the stomach and most likely led to blood loss and eventually to perforation and peritonitis,” the report which was shared by MWWP showed.

Balyena.org, a non-profit non stock organization conducting Dolphins and Whale research in the Philippines, also added that the two Cookiecutter Shark bites were not the cause of death.

Contrary to what most people think, these oval bites are not fatal.

Cookiecutter Shark bites on cetaceans are fairly common, Balyena.org, in a separate post on their Facebook account, shared.

These sharks, Isistius brasiliensis, or the Cigar Shark, are a member of the Family Dalatiidae or “Sleeper Shark” family.

It is named after the cookie-shaped wounds that it leaves on the bodies of larger fish and marine mammals.

These are also known as the Cigar Shark because of its dark brown and long, cylindrical body shape. It lives in the deep-waters of warmer areas worldwide. Because it emits a greenish glow, it is also known as the Luminous Shark.

The Cookiecutter Shark is considered a “facultative ectoparasite which means it feeds on the flesh of other species causing them harm but not death and it is not dependent on these species for survival.”

The Fraser’s Dolphin that stranded in Pangdan is the second which Balyena.org found there.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

Philippines: Marine group says infection killed Dolphin in Jagna