Ball Moon Snail (Neverita didyma)
Chek Jawa, 28th December 2016

Philippines: Young Dolphin tangled in anchor line dies
By Roxanne Arevalo, 21st April 2017;

A young Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) died after its tail was entangled in an anchor line about 30 kilometers off Barangay Camague in Iligan.

Fisherman Tito Dimco said the Dolphin was playing near their fishing boat at midnight and got its tail caught in the anchor’s rope.

The Dolphin dragged the small seacraft as it swam around in an effort to free itself.

Dimco sailed back to shore at 6 a.m. with the weak Dolphin still tied to the rope.

It eventually died.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said the fishermen could’ve cut the rope but the Dolphin would still be tied down to the heavy anchor.

The Dolphin weighed 200 kilos and was eight feet long.

The City Agriculture Office estimated the Dolphin to have been two or three years old.

Source: ABS-CBN News

The cetacean in this incident has been misidentified; it’s a Risso’s Dolphin, not a Melon-headed Whale.

Malaysia: Dead Dugong washes ashore near Mersing
By Mohd Farhaan Shah, 21st April 2017;

The carcass of an adult Dugong (Dugong dugon) has been discovered at Pulau Tinggi near Mersing.

Villagers found the mammal, with blood oozing out of its eyes, along the coast near Kampung Tanjung Balang at 5pm on Thursday evening.

Johor Health, Environment, Education, and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat confirmed the discovery, describing it as a huge loss to the state’s marine life.

He pointed out that the state Veterinary Department together with Rantau Abang Fisheries Research Institute would conduct a post-mortem on the carcass.

“We want to find out the cause of its death, whether it died naturally or otherwise.

"From 2015, we have found four Dugong carcasses in the area,” he said.

Ayub also pointed out that the state government was in the midst of gazetting the area as a Dugong sanctuary to protect the species.

Source: The Star