The carcass of a Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) measuring 1.5 metres long was found on Puk Tien Beach in Phetchaburi.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

A young Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) measuring 85 centimetres long and weighing about 5 kg was found on the beach of Pak Nam Pran, Pran Buri District, in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

A young Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) approximately 2 years old and measuring 101 centimetres in length was found dead close to the pier in Don Sak, Surat Thani. A necropsy revealed bruising and blood in the trachea.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

A dead Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) was found in Bang Krachao in Samut Sakhon.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

A dead dolphin found on the beach in Hua Sai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Photo: Nujaree Raekrun

Thailand: Tar balls, dead turtles, dolphin washed ashore
By Nujaree Raekrun, 18 December 2015;

Tar balls have washed up along several kilometres of the coast in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, along with dead turtles and a dolphin.

Villagers complained about the pollution in Hua Sai district of the southern province on Friday. Tar balls had started to reach the coast on Thursday evening. They were sticky and gave off an unpleasant smell.

Oil slicks had washed ashore in the area previously, but this was the most severe yet, they said. No environment or pollution department officials had shown up and no action had been taken to find the source of the tar balls.

Villagers said they saw many dead turtles among the tar balls and a dead dolphin was found on the beach in Koh Phet sub-district.

The pollution stretched along the coastline Koh Phet to neighbouring Songkhla province.

Source: Bangkok Post

The “dolphin” is actually an Indo-Pacific Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides).

  1. Firemen inspecting the carcass of the Dolphin found washed ashore at the Esplanade.
  2. The carcass of the Dolphin which was found on the beach at the Esplanade.

Malaysia: Dead Dolphin washed ashore
19th August 2015;

Personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department yesterday removed a carcass of a Dolphin which was found at the Esplanade here.

Miri Zone 6 chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said they had earlier received a report about a dead Dolphin washed ashore near Beach Republic at the Esplanade.

“A team of firemen went to the scene and they found the dead Dolphin.”

“We will give the carcass of the Dolphin to the related agency for further investigation,” he said, adding the animal was a totally protected species.

In April this year, carcasses of three Sea Turtles and a Dolphin were found washed ashore at the fishing village of Kampung Masjid in Kuala Baram.

Source: The Borneo Post

The lack of an elongated rostrum suggests that this is a decomposing Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris), possibly a young one based on the size. It’s also not immediately clear whether the carcass has a dorsal fin or not; if the dorsal fin is absent, then it is an Indo-Pacific Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides).

A carcass of a Finless Porpoise found washed ashore from Sg Teraban on April 30 with a bloody mouth and eyes. Photos by Wee Wei Min

Brunei: Researcher investigates death of porpoise rare in Brunei
By Aaron Wong, 12th May 2015;

A Brunei-based researcher is investigating the death of a Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) that was recently found with a bloody mouth and eyes at Belait’s Sungai Teraban.

A fishing hobbyist found the porpoise, over a metre long and weighing 30 to 40 kilogrammes, washed ashore the river on April 30.

The carcass was retrieved two days later by a researcher and brought to an undisclosed location to be studied.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Finless Porpoise is a vulnerable species with a “high risk of endangerment in the wild”.

The researcher, who asked not to be named, said the porpoise’s death was of interest because sightings of the mammal are rare in Brunei and immediate judgement could not be made on its cause of death.

“There is no external damage on the skin of the porpoise; no broken skin or muscle. The skin is completely intact, which makes it quite strange,” said the researcher.

When pictures of the porpoise first made rounds on social media last week, accompanying messages stipulated sonar activity as causing the porpoise’s death.

The researcher said this was unlikely, but said that an autopsy would soon be performed to more accurately identify the cause of death.

“My initial guess would be that a boat collision caused its death because of its bloody eyes and mouth, but again the lack of punctures or obvious bruises elsewhere on its body makes it hard to know for sure,” he said.

Wee Wei Min, who first found the carcass with his cousin, suggested that a fisherman may have accidentally caught the porpoise, later dumping it ashore.

The researcher also raised the possibility of more than one dead porpoise being washed ashore at Sg Teraban, as the collected carcass was of different size than the porpoise in the picture first taken by Wee.

“Wee was the one who brought me to collect the porpoise, but it was a very different size than to the picture he took,” said the researcher.

“In the picture he took when he first found the porpoise, Wee who is of a smaller stature is holding the porpoise easily. I would say the carcass was one and a half times bigger when I saw it in person.”

The porpoise is currently being held in cold storage at an undisclosed location.

Source: The Brunei Times