Source: Hilbert Montell Facebook

Some of the dead fishes seen in Sungai Oya in Sarawak, presumably casualties of a recent mass mortality event. Two of the fishes in these photos are identifiable as Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia), while the other two are of unidentifiable Catfishes (Siluriformes).


Malaysia: No reason found yet on why lobsters, fish in Oya River died

Source: Berita Harian

22nd February 2018;

The mass surfacing and and subsequent dying of aquatic life, particularly lobsters prawns and fish, in Oya River, Dalat that went viral on social media could have been caused by many factors, including poisoning.

Nanoplankton specialist Musa Musbah said 20 to 30 years ago, such phenomenon occurred not only in Dalat river but also in other rivers in Sarawak including in Niah and Sibuti areas in Miri, with varying degrees.

He was asked to comment on the so-called ‘drunken phenomenon’ of aquatic life in Oya River, which drew many comments on his Facebook page.

Musa reminded those who doubted the safety of such prawns or fish sold in the market to temporarily avoid eating them until the authorities come up with their findings and give assurance that whatever is caught from the river is safe to consume.

He did not deny that there might be some individuals who used poison to catch fish and prawns due to ignorance on its impact on health, while there might be others who did it for quick profit.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was reported in the local media as saying that the Department of Environment (DoE) would investigate and study the causes of the phenomenon.

Source: The Borneo Post

Those are not lobsters, but Giant River Prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), while the fish in the photo appears to be a Helicopter Catfish (Wallagonia leerii).


Malaysia: Crocs spotted in Senadin housing drain

The Crocodile that was found dead in the net.

By Jenifer Laeng, 6th January 2018;

Several residents in Senadin Phase 3, jittery after they spotted a few Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in the big drain at the back of their houses recently, are hoping that authorities could do something before anything untoward happens.

According to one of the house owners, she had been living here for years and the sight of the reptiles, believed to be the young ones, had becoming more frequent lately.

“In fact, one was found in the net by my brother-in-law on Thursday. He initially thought that it was not Crocodile, but when we had a close look at it, we knew it was a Crocodile,” she said when contacted today.

The woman, who requested anonymity, said her brother-in-law was surprised when he went to check on his fishing net on Thursday and found the reptile in it.

“The reptile measuring at about two feet in length was however dead when it was found so he got rid of it,” she said.

She added that the drain behind their house was quite big, and she believed there are more of the reptiles in the area.

“There has been no cases of croc attack here in the past, so we are hopeful that the authorities can do something about it to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.

Source: The Borneo Post

Terrible find: A Sabah Ranger standing beside the decomposed carcass of Liningkung at the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve on Sabah’s east coast

Malaysia: Yet another endangered Borneo pygmy jumbo found dead in Sabah
14th December 2017;

Another critically endangered Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) has been found dead even as conservationists call for informants and professional investigators to be engaged to stop the killing.

The Elephant, the ninth slain in the last 14 months, was a healthy 12-year-old bull named Liningkung, that was fitted with a satellite collar 18 months ago.

It was found in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve on Sabah’s east coast on Tuesday.

Rangers discovered its decomposed carcass with the tusks untouched.

“I believe it was shot by poachers but escaped before eventually dying from its wounds,” Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) director Benoit Goossens said.

Liningkung’s movements were being monitored by DGFC on a weekly basis, Goossens said, and they alerted Sabah Forestry officials on Dec 11 to say that it had not moved since Dec 3.

A team is in the area to carry out a post-mortem.

"It is another sad day for Elephant conservation. If this goes on, we might be staring at its extinction,” Goossens said.

There are only about 1,500 Elephants left in Sabah’s forests.

This is the third elephant found dead in the same area in the past year.

Goossens said it is vital for a special wildlife enforcement unit to be set up to go after wildlife poachers and traders as suggested by chief conservator of forests Datuk Sam Mannan.

Meanwhile, Marc Acrenaz, scientific director for Sabah-based wildlife research and conservation NGO Hutan, said informers and professional investigators are needed to stop the killing.

“Many years ago, locals killed these animals for food and it was not too serious.

"Now, we see that things have changed and people are poaching for the international trade or killing them because of animal-human conflicts,” he said.

No suspects have been identified in many of these cases, including a recent incident where a bull Elephant was shot in the mouth and died of dehydration because it could not eat or drink.

“The authorities lack people on the ground,” Acrenaz said.

“We need a strong team which can identify the culprits and bring them to justice,” he said, adding that the killings might stop then.

For now, Acrenaz said, there are not enough rangers to cover all the places where animals – especially endangered species like the Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Pangolins (Manis javaica) – roam.

He said the three main reasons for poaching and killing were conflicts between landowners and animals (especially Elephants), poaching of bush meat because of demand by tourists, and the international underground trade in exotic meat and animal parts like ivory and Pangolin scales.

Source: The Star

Photos: Info Kemalangan & Bencana Malaysia Facebook

Malaysia: Crocodile opened up to search for remains of missing man
14th December 2017;

A Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was captured yesterday after a man went missing at Sungai Sebemban in Serian since Dec 5, believed to have been attacked by the reptile.

According to a Civil Defence spokesperson, the Crocodile was brought to shore after it was trapped to be opened up but no human body parts were found inside its stomach.

The missing man is believed to have been attacked by a Crocodile following the discovery of footprints of the reptile near the victim’s fishing gear.

Ariff Bagoh, 42, was reported missing by his family members after failing to return home from fishing on the day of the incident. The search and rescue (SAR) operation entered its sixth day yesterday.

Source: The Borneo Post

Another Elephant was found dead in Sabah yesterday, making it the third such death this year.
Photo: Sabah Forestry Department

Malaysia: Cold-blooded killers: Third Elephant turns up dead in Sabah
By Olivia Miwil, 13th December 2017;

Yet another Borneo Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) was found dead in Sabah yesterday, making it the third such death this year.

The decomposing remains of an Elephant was found by Sabah Forestry personnel at the Kawang Forest Reserve yesterday.

Based on a Facebook post by the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), the Elephant, known as Liningkung, was collared by them in May last year.

Due to conflicts with the community, it was translocated from the Telupid area to the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve.

“He lived happily for 18 months before he was most likely shot by poachers.

"The tusks were still on the animal which leads us to assume that he had escaped from his poachers.”

DGFC provided Lininkung’s location to Sabah Forestry officers when the Elephant was stationary.

In the post, they also lauded Sabah Forestry’s annoucement on setting up a special wildlife enforcement unit to go after wildlife poachers and traders.

Source: New Straits Times

The carcass of a decade-old bull Elephant named Liningkung was found with tusks intact yesterday in the protected forests of Sabah
Photos: Danau Girang Field Centre

Malaysia: Pressure mounts to arm Sabah wildlife enforcers after Elephant found shot dead
By Julia Chan, 13th December 2017;

Calls for an elite armed wildlife enforcement team to combat poaching in Sabah has gained traction with the death of another bull Borneo Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) believed to have been shot inside a protected area.

Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) director Benoit Goossens said the decomposed carcass of a 12-year-old collared Elephant named Liningkung was found in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve, not very far from Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge and 5km from the Sabah Forestry Department’s office in the area.

“The carcass was found yesterday by forestry officials when I alerted them about my concern of a lack of movement from the GPS tracking device.

"It died on 27 November 2017 if I trust my satellite data,” Goossens told Malay Mail when contacted.

He said that the carcass was found with tusks intact, leading them to believe that the Elephant got away from poachers.

“According to SFD officer who found the carcass, he did not see any bullet wounds on the skull. But it does not mean that the animal has not been shot. The carcass was very advanced with just the skin left. SWD is doing a post-mortem today. We have advised them to bring a metal detector to try and find any slugs left in the remains,” he said.

SFD refers to the Sabah Forestry Department while SWD refers to the Sabah Wildlife Department.

Liningkung was collared and translocated from Telupid area to Ulu Segama Forest Reserve in May 2016, following conflicts with villagers.

He was believed to have been roaming there for 18 months before being most likely shot by poachers.

This is the third Elephant found dead in the area after a special inverted-tusked Sabre (also collared by DGFC) and another bull were found shot and de-tusked last December.

Recently, SFD director Datuk Sam Mannan, who is also chief conservator of forests said there was a need to set up a special wildlife enforcement unit to go after wildlife poachers and traders.

Goossens said that the team was needed urgently now before it was too late for the remaining wildlife in Sabah, many which are facing extinction due to loss of habitat, land fragmentation and illegal hunting.

“It is absolutely vital to have a specialised team to track down these poachers or else we will lose all our charismatic species… Elephants, Bantengs (Bos javanicus), Pangolins (Manis javanica), etc,” he said.

According to Mannan, the team would be on a 24 hour surveillance, be armed and concentrate on intelligence tracking as well as prosecution of offenders.

Source: Malay Mail