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.

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