6.5-foot Giant Oarfish found in Tibiao

A juvenile 6.5-foot Giant Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was found in Tiguis Beach, Tibiao, Antique on Tuesday (May 31, 2016). The Oarfish is considered as the longest bony fish in the world. The specimen will be donated to the UPV Museum of Natural Science in UPV Miagao for further study.

Source: Flord Calawag Facebook

A 2 meter long Oarfish was found at Tiguis Beach, Tibiao, Antique this morning.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A young Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) approximately 2 years old and measuring 101 centimetres in length was found dead close to the pier in Don Sak, Surat Thani. A necropsy revealed bruising and blood in the trachea.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

Red Egg Crab (Atergatis integerrimus)
Sentosa, 9th May 2016

Indonesia: Sumatran Tiger rescued from Wild Boar snare in West Sumatra

27th May 2016;

A Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), which was trapped in a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) snare in a hilly forest of Nagari Mandeh Village, West Sumatra, was rescued and evacuated by the local Natural Resource Conservation Agencys (BKSDAs) rescue team.

The team arrived in the area at 11:30 a.m. local time and managed to rescue the Tiger, which had been trapped since Tuesday (May 24), after making the big cat unconscious by shooting a tranquilizer dart, Head of Area III Conservation of West Sumatra BKSDA Surajiya stated here on Friday.

The Tiger would be brought to the Wildlife Cultural Kinantan Park in Bukittinggi District for rehabilitation.

“After undergoing rehabilitation, we will observe the Tiger’s recovery. If possible, we would return the Tiger to its habitat,” Surajiya affirmed.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Nagari Mandeh Village of Koto XI Tarusan Sub-district Jasril Rajo Basah expected the Tiger to be returned to its habitat near the village since the wild cat had not disturbed the day-to-day life of the villagers.

In fact, the village chief and local people acknowledged that the Tiger had several times helped the local people who had lost their way in the forest.

Moreover, the Tiger had become a natural predator of Wild Boars, which ravaged the peoples agricultural areas.

“We live side by side with the Tiger, therefore we hope the big cat will be returned here soon,” Basah added.

Source: Antara

Indonesia: Sumatran Tiger rescued from Wild Boar snare in West Sumatra

The decomposing remains of an unidentified species of Dolphin (F. Delphinidae) were washed ashore in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

A Rough-toothed Dolphin (Steno bredandensis) was found stranded at Nambangan Beach, Kenjeran, East Java last night. The Dolphin has plenty of white spots around the body which is atypical of its species. Possible existence of morbilivirus or pox has been suggested. The dolphin has been transported to Surabaya Zoo for further examination. News and photos from the Community for Environmentally-conscious Journalists (Komunitas Jurnalis Peduli Lingkungan) via Rifqi Ajier.

The Dolphin has been released this afternoon. Rifqi reported that it’s been swimminh further away from the shore. Continuous monitoring has been made. The team will report back in the morning

Update: Danielle Kreb asked some folks at the Cetal Fauna page. One of them (Robin Baird) has the following answer: “Nothwithstanding the report of these marks "wiping off”, they are scars from Cookie-cutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis) bites. Based on long-term re-sightings of individual Rough-toothed Dolphins (and many other species) in Hawaii we’ve been able to watch the progression of healing in these lesions, from fresh bites, to healed over wounds, to slowly re-pigmenting scars. They are visible (largely unchanged except what you would expect based on slow re-pigmentation) for many years, not what you would expect if it was a viral infection. Every adult Rough-toothed Dolphin we have photos of show these types of scars on the belly.“

Update: the dolphin was found dead this morning…

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

Photograph by Xu Weiting

Bizarre death of a Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) at Kent Ridge

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Kent Ridge, campus of the National University of Singapore, Science Drive 4; 7 April 2016; 0830 hrs.

Observation: One juvenile example of about 1 m total length was found freshly dead and draped over the edge of the door of a toilet cubicle. Figure 1 shows the limp body of the dead snake hanging down the side of the door. Figure 2 shows the head of the dead snake on the side of the door facing the cubicle.

Remarks: This appears to be an accident. The Python could have coiled itself on the metal box of the door closer (indicated by white arrow in Fig. 1) and escaped the notice of the person using the toilet cubicle. It had probably tried to slip over the side of the door facing the cubicle as the door was being shut, thereby catching it at the neck and crushing that section of the body. However, it is also possible that it was not an accident. The user of the toilet cubicle could have noticed the snake, and had deliberately and forcibly shut the door to kill it. The Reticulated Python is a common snake in Singapore. It frequents most terrestrial habitats, from forest to mangroves, and is often found near human habitation (Baker & Lim, 2012: 91).

Reference:

  • Baker, N. & K. K. P. Lim, 2012. Wild Animals of Singapore. A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. Updated edition. Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 74