Cruel fate: The carcass of a young Turtle found by Sharifah Ruqaiyah on an island in Terengganu where fishermen used to dump the dead animals.
Photo: WWF-Malaysia

Malaysia: 90 Turtles die this year mostly due to ’pukat pari’ – Nawawi
28th December 2016;

A total of 90 Turtles were found dead this year after getting entangled in the ’pukat pari’ (ray fishing nets), said Terengganu Fisheries Department director Nawawi Ali.

He said following the situation, the department destroyed 40 units of the net and would take legal action against individuals who flouted the regulations.

“Although the death rate among Turtles is high, it is still (considered) balanced as we’re able to produce 500,000 hatchlings out of 600,000 Turtle eggs incubated this year,” he said.

Nawawi was speaking to reporters after handing over school assistance to the orphans and children of fishermen at the Malaysian Academy of Fisheries in Cendering, near Kuala Terengganu today.

He said there were 60 Turtles found dead last year due to its low rate of Turtle landing compared to this year.

Most of the turtles which landed and laid eggs in the state were the Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) while the Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) were no longer in the picture since the past several years, said Nawawi.

He added Pantai Jakar in Kemaman had become the nesting location for these Turtles compared to other beaches before this, such as Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian and Ma’daserah (Dungun).

Source: Bernama

Photo: Ecoria

Indonesia: Dead Sun Bear found in Lampung, body parts likely stolen for black market trade
By Feriawan Hidayat & Ratri M. Siniwi, 28th December 2016;

A Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) was found dead at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park’s Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation Center in Talangsimpang, Lampung.

The national park security patrol team found the Bear’s carcass near the park borders in Sugi Sane village earlier this month.

“We found the Bear’s chest cut open, indicating the perpetrator took its enzyme-rich gallbladder intending to sell it,” Ketut, the national park’s security patrol representative, said in a statement on Tuesday (27/12).

Ketut explained that the Bear was likely tortured before its death as it was initially trapped by a sling iron. The perpetrator then appeared to have pulled out all of its teeth and claws with force. This was to get the Bear’s adrenaline flowing, which in turn makes its bile sac enlarge.

“The Bear was tortured to extract its enzymes. We suspect that the enzymes would then be sold on the black market, where they are worth millions,” Ketut added.

The national park’s security patrol team found that the offender also took the Bear’s teeth and claws to be sold illegally.

Poaching is rampant in the national park. Our team often finds abandoned animal carcasses, the result of hunting in the area,“ the officer stated. The team previously found several Porcupine (F. Hystricidae) and Mousedeer (Tragulus spp.) carcasses, as well as Deer (F. Cervidae) legs, which were discarded after their meat was taken by hunters.

The Bear carcass discovery proves that hunting protected animals is becoming too common and increased action and attention from law enforcement is needed to prevent this.

Sun Bears are protected under Indonesian law and are listed as "vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Animals.

Source: Jakarta Globe

The Rough-toothed Dolphin that was washed into Kampung Pintasan shore in Kota Kinabalu on Christmas eve.

Dolphin may have died from fishing hook infection
27th December 2016;

The Rough-toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis) that washed onto the shore of Kampung Pintasan was likely to have died due to infections caused by indigestion after it consumed a squid attached on a hook.

Sabah Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan said that an eight-inch long hook attached to a squid was found embedded in the stomach of the male adult Dolphin during the post-mortem.

“It caused severe trauma and other complications and it died of septicemia (infection) and starvation as it could not eat properly or digest its food,” he said yesterday.

Dr Sen said it could be possible that the Dolphin had suffered for at least a month before it died.

“It’s sad to see such a beautiful marine wildlife lose its life due to possible human folly even if it was caused indirectly,” he said.

It was possible the Dolphin could have bitten into the squid attached to a hook from an angler or fishermen, he added.

The department’s director Augus­tine Tuuga said it sent its wildlife rescue team to the scene after a Facebook user highlighted the pre­sence of the Dolphin carcass along the shore of Kampung Pintasan on Christmas Eve.

Witnesses who see this kind of marine mammals beaching can call the department hotline at 012-801 9289 or send an email to rhinosbh@gmail.com.

Source: The Star