- The bigger individual had a full stomach when we collected its content, indicating it was feeding before it met its demise.
- A squid (Teuthida) which had not been digested.
- Partially digested fish also in the stomach of the Finless Porpoise.
- Partially digested prawns in the stomach of the Finless Porpoise.
Last Friday (28 October 2016), we received a phone call from one of the fisherman in Kampung Buntal that there were two “empesuts” (Irrawaddy Dolphin) (Orcaella brevirostris) entangled in his net. Both animals were already dead when he hauled his net, so he brought it back to the shore and contacted us. When we arrived at the scene, it was confirmed that the “empesuts” as locals call it were actually Finless Porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides).
Samples and stomach contents were collected with permit approval from the Controller of Wildlife, Sarawak. A report and these photos have been shared with authorities from The Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Forestry Department.
If you ever encounter a dead marine mammal, please contact us. There are plenty of information that we can learn from a dead animal as we can on a live one.
Source: Sarawak Dolphin Project Facebook
(This is Part 2 of a 2-part photo series)