The Dolphin was transported to the PMBC for experts to determine the Dolphin’s cause of death.
Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Thailand: Dead Dolphin found off Phuket
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 3rd November 2015;
Local officials are waiting for experts to confirm what caused the death of a Dolphin found off Bon Island, off Phuket’s southernmost beach at Rawai, earlier today (Nov 3).
The captain and crew of the speedboat Nontasak Marine 2024 spotted the Dolphin floating lifelessly in the sea near Koh Bon, several kilometres off Rawai Beach, and brought the dead creature’s remains ashore at about 10:30am.
The Dolphin was about 1.2m long and weighed about 100kg.
“We are waiting for officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) to tell us more, such as what type of Dolphin was it, was it male or female, and what was the cause of death,” Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told The Phuket News.
“We saw some injuries on and around its head, which may have been caused by a rope or fishing net, but will wait for officials to confirm that,” he added.
A Code 1 dolphin, suspected Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) or Rough-toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis) stranded in front of the Pura Segara, Yeh Kuning, Jembrana, Bali today (6 October 2015). The villagers tried to refloat the dolphin but it kept coming back. It died later and was buried on the beach. Courtesy of Arix’z Hurley. Thanks to Dwi Suprapti Dvm (WWF Indonesia) for the news.
Thailand: Phang Nga fishermen assist weak Dolphin found in small cove near Khao Lak
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 27th September 2015;
Rescue workers at 10.30pm on Friday (September 25) were alerted by local fishermen concerned about a weak Dolphin they found struggling to swim in a shallow cove near the Khao Pakarung Cape in Ta Kua Pa district’s Kuek Kak locale.
The Dolphin, which was swimming on its side back and forth in the shallow bay, appeared to have skin abrasions all throughout its body, but was not bleeding, Mr Surachai said.
Mr Surachai telephoned the Andaman Marine Resources Research and Development Centre office in Phuket, and spoke with veternarian, Dr Rachawadee Chanthara, who advised rescuers on aiding the Dolphin until experts from the centre could be dispatched.
Dr Ratchawadee advised against transferring the Dolphin to another area as it was feared that such a move would be too tramuatic for the Dolphin, reported to be in a very weak state.
She further advised for all unnecessary personnel to distance themselves from the Dolphin and for only two rescue volunteers to help prop up the Dolphin on either side, being careful not to accidentially grab or touch its sexual organ, while preventing water/sand from entering the mammal’s orfices.
However, it soon became clear that the water was getting more shallow by the minute, so the volunteers decided to move the Dolphin to the other side of the cove, where the assistants said the Dolphin was finally able to swim on its own, disappearing under the water and swimming away from them.
To be sure the Dolphin didn’t just swim back to shore, the men surveyed the area for a distance of about 1 kilometre and unable to find the Dolphin again returned back to shore.
Weak and injured Dolphin are regularly reported shoring up at this particular bay usually following a big storm, said Mr Surachai, who suspects that the abrasions spotted on the Dolphin were caused by sharp coral and rocks abundant throughout the shallow seabed in the area.
Rough weather, accompanying 3-metre waves have been reported in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Phang Nga over the past few days.
Meanwhile Typhoon Dujuan is expected to make landfall in Taiwan over the next 24 to 36 hours.
A dead Dolphin was found beached in Antique, according to a report on GMA’s Unang Balita.
The Dolphin was found a few kilometers away from the seashore in the town of Tibiao. It measured seven feet long and weighed 85 kg.
Fishermen immediately brought the Dolphin to authorities for investigation into the cause of death. According to the municipal tourism operations office, the Dolphin died after being hit by explosives.
The local government then gave the Dolphin to the UP Visayas Museum of Natural Sciences.
At least nine Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.) beached in different parts of Lingayen Gulf on Monday, all of them weak and wounded, according to a fishery official here.
Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) here, said six dolphins first beached on the shores of Barangay (village) Alaska in Aringay town in La Union province at about 2 p.m.
“They had fresh wounds and one of them eventually died,” Rosario said.
The dead dolphin, he said, was buried at the NIFTDC fish cemetery at 4:30 p.m., when it was brought there by Aringay town agriculturist Manuel Ugaban Jr.
Rosario said four of the dolphins were released back to the sea but the other one was reportedly taken by a fisherman from Agoo town for food.
At about 5:30 p.m., Rosario said an NIFTDC worker found a dolphin beached on the shoreline at the back of the facility. Rosario said it was taken back to the sea.
Two more dolphins were found on the shores of the island village of Pugaro here at about 8 p.m., Rosario said.
He said Dagupan Mayor Belen Fernandez informed him that the dolphins were also wounded.
Rosario said he had instructed village officials to monitor the condition of the dolphins.
When asked, Rosario said he was unsure if the dolphins belonged to the same pod.
Two pods of dolphins were seen last month at the Sual and Pangascasan bays in Sual town, Pangasinan. But the pods left the place after three days.
A wounded dolphin was seen off the coast of Santo Domingo town in Albay province on Wednesday but died before it could be rescued.
The dolphin was still alive when fishermen from Sitio Balete saw it but had died by the time authorities got to the area, GMA Bicol’s Charissa Pagtalunan reported Thursday on GMA News TV’s “Balita Pilipinas Ngayon.”
“Posibleng nakasabit ito sa fishing net. Malalaki naman ang sugat. Puwedeng malalaking fishing net. Siguro yun ang naging dahilan ng sugat ng dolphin,” said Erwin Gregorio, head of the community-based Bantay Dagat in Santo Domingo.
Dolphins had been an attraction in the area as many of them would be seen swimming there.
Many of the residents in the area felt sad over the dolphin’s death. The dolphin has been buried.
The general appearance of the dolphin, as seen in the video in the news report suggests that this is a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.). It’s still unclear as to whether Bottlenose Dolphin populations in the Philippines are Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) or Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), or both.
The semi-decomposed carcass of a dolphin found at Lumut beach, Belait yesterday. BT/Daniel Wood
Brunei: Dolphin carcass found at Belait’s Lumut beach By Daniel Wood, 1st May 2014;
A partially decomposed carcass of what appears to be a dolphin was found washed ashore off Lumut Beach late Tuesday night.
According to maintenance technician working at the nearby Liang Lumut Recreation Club (LLRC), Mohd Fadilah Mohd Sarji, security personnel first stumbled upon the carcass not far from the club when doing their normal rounds the night before.
“They do routine security checks on the beach area daily and at night.
"We saw the dolphin carcass around 10pm, but it seems to have been dead for several days all ready judging from the state of the body.
"I informed my superiors of the find as soon as the office opened this morning (Wednesday),” said Mohd Fadilah.
An LLRC spokesperson has issued a statement saying that they took note of the finding and have alerted the relevant authorities according to procedures.
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Permanent Secretary Hjh Normah Suria Hayati Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri acknowledged the finding when contacted yesterday.
“MIPR, through its Wildlife Division, is aware of the finding and is monitoring the situation.
"However, owing to limited resources, it urges the public and nature lovers to contact the Wildlife Division hotline at 8900 990 whenever such sightings occur, so that a follow-up investigation can be done,” she said.
“Such sightings have happened in the past and are in fact a normal occurrence. Because the carcasses found are in various states of decay and not fresh, there is a likelihood that the animals came into contact with disease or were injured at sea before drifting ashore.
"As such, no foul play is suspected. However, we try to conduct post-mortems on the carcasses to identify cause of death.”
Members of the public were all ready aware of the carcass from early Wednesday morning. Photographs of the carcass have been circulating on social media online since then.
Beaches from Muara to Belait have seen a recent string of similar findings with carcasses of turtles (F. Cheloniidae) and a Dugong (Dugong dugon) found along the coastline.