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.

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