Four of 10 Sperm Whales that were stranded and found by residents on the coast in Ujung Kreung, Aceh, have died, though the remaining six were released into the ocean on Tuesday (14/11).
Photo: Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra

Indonesia: Four of 10 Sperm Whales Stranded on Acehnese Beach Die
By Dames Alexander Sinaga, 15th November 2017;

Four of 10 Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) that were stranded and found by residents on the coast in Ujung Kreung, Aceh, have died, though the remaining six were released into the ocean on Tuesday (14/11).

Sapto Prabowo, head of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Aceh, said the dead Whales might be contaminated with fungal infections.

“So far, we have suspected the four dead Whales, which were stranded in Aceh Besar, had fungal infections in their skin and mouths,” Sapto said in Aceh Besar on Tuesday, as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

The 10 Whales were reportedly stranded on Ujung Kreung Beach on Monday morning.

Sapto said BKSDA, along with Whale experts from Bali, have examined the dead Whales and have come up with preliminary findings that show the Whales had fungal infections that produced worms.

He said the fungus infections affected the mammals’ metabolism, presumably causing the death of the four stranded Whales.

However, he said an autopsy is now being conducted by a team from the faculty of veterinary medicine at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh to determine the cause of death of the four Whales.

“The cause of the death of these Whales still remains unknown. We still need to wait for the results of the autopsy,” Sapto said.

Meanwhile, Basri, head of the Whale evacuation team and an official at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, said the four dead Whales will have to be buried on Ujung Kreung Beach, as the team does not have the proper equipment to cast the Whales back into the ocean.

“Usually, they are drowned in the oceans when they are dead, but due to not having the tools, they will have to be buried,” Basri said.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Ten Sperm Whales were found stranded on the shore of Ujung Kreung in Aceh Besar’s Mesjid Raya subdistrict, Aceh, on Monday morning (13/11)
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Indonesia: Ten Sperm Whales Stranded in Aceh
By Dames Alexander Sinaga, 13th November 2017;

Ten Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) were found stranded on the shore of Ujung Kreung in Aceh Besar’s Mesjid Raya subdistrict, Aceh, on Monday morning (13/11).

“Ten Whales were stranded on the shoreline. They are now being evacuated with a small boat,” local resident Yusri Mantong told the Jakarta Globe via text message.

He added that all the Whales were still alive and that the rescue efforts were coordinated by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Seafarers Education and Training Center (BP2IP Malahayati) and the Aceh chapter of the World Wildlife Fund.

Ricky Wahyudi, a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) stationed in Mesjid Raya subdistrict, said residents reported the stranding at around 10 a.m./p>

“At the time, the Whales were about a kilometer from the shore, but after a while, they were seen moving up to about a dozen meters from the beach,” Ricky said, as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

Teuku Nurmadi, a Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry official in Aceh, meanwhile said it is rare for Whales to strand in the area and that the animals may have become disorientated while migrating.

“We do not know where these Whales are coming from and where they are migrating to. We also still do not know what caused the injuries some of the stranded Whales sustained,” he said.

Source: Jakarta Globe

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Indonesia: Aceh conservation agency finds dead Elephant while rescuing stranded calf
By M Haris SA, 18th January 2017;

A dead Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) was found in an oil palm concession area in East Aceh on Saturday (14/01), according to Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency, or BKSDA.

“Autopsy results seem to suggest the Elephant died from being shot – but we are not sure if was deliberately hunted or shot accidentally. There might be other factors,” BKSDA Chief Sapto Aji Prabowo told state news agency Antara on Monday (16/01).

“The Elephant was identified as a male adult aged 30, and when we found the carcass, the tusks were gone,” Sapto added.

The autopsy revealed five bullet holes in the Elephant’s neck and back, though no traces of the bullets were found.

The alleged perpetrator of the Elephant’s murder is still on the run. The case is being dealt with by the police.

The dead Elephant was found by BKSDA officers in the oil palm concession area Dwi Kencana Semesta on Saturday while they were on another Elephant mission of a different nature.

The BKSDA officers were on a rescue mission to save a stranded baby Elephant found by local villagers in Banda Alam on Friday (13/01).

The malnourished Elephant calf has been sent for medical care at the Elephant Conservation Center in Saree, Aceh Besar.

Source: Jakarta Globe

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

Photo: Okezone

Indonesia: Injured Elephant calf dies in Bengkalis forest plantation
9th September 2016;

An injured Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) calf reportedly died in an industrial forest plantation in Bengkalis district, Riau, on Thursday (08/09), a day after it was found.

“The Elephant was found in a forest plantation, not in the conservation area,” Fifian J. Yogaswara, head of the technical department at the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in Riau, told Antara in Pekanbaru.

He said BKSDA Riau field officers received information on Wednesday that the calf had been found in the Arara Abadi industrial plantation.

According to Fifian, the calf was still alive at the time, but with half its body submerged in a water reservoir.

“We were trying to help the animal, but because we asked for assistance from [local nongovernmental organization] Vesswick in Medan [North Sumatra] and backup from the Pekanbaru office, help only arrived at around 8.00 a.m. on Thursday,” Fifian said. “But we were too late.”

He said he strongly suspects that the Elephant was part of a herd that lives in the Balai Raja wildlife conservation area, which borders the Arara Abadi concession.

Fifian further suspects that the calf became separated from its mother due to illness and that it died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

BKSDA Riau will be conducting an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Arara Abadi spokesperson Nurul Huda said the Elephant calf was spotted with injuries and infected wounds on its legs.

“The injured calf was trying to find water, which led it to the site’s water reservoir,” she said.

Although a teams from Arara Abadi and BKSDA Riau managed to remove the Elephant from the reservoir, it succumbed due to its poor health condition.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Indonesia: Javan Leopards reportedly poisoned in West Java

By Aditya Rohman & Ratri M. Siniwi, 4th August 2016;

After preying on cattle belonging to residents in Cipangparang village in the Sukabumi district, West Java, two Javan Leopards (Panthera pardus melas) have reportedly been killed by poisoning.

Kusmara, head of the Bogor Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), said the two Leopards roamed the conservation area before making their way into the settlement.

“The death of the two endangered species is still being investigated by the West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency and we suspect that the Leopards have been poisoned by the residents after seeing many of their cattle were being preyed by the wild animals,” Kusmara told state-run news agency Antara on Wednesday (03/08).

The officials are still searching for the remains of the Leopards and have coordinated with the community after they were notified of the deaths.

BKSDA has encouraged residents to report the incidents, rather than kill the endangered animals.

“The Javan Leopard is one of the protected wildlife species, under the Law of the Conservation of Natural Resources,” Kuswara said.

The Javan Leopard is found in a number of conservation areas, including in Mount Gede Pangrango National Park, Mount Halimun Salak National Park and in the Cikepuh Wildlife conservation area in West Java.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Indonesia: Javan Leopards reportedly poisoned in West Java

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Indonesia: Divers spot badly injured Whale Shark in Bali
By Ratri M. Siniwi, 1st July 2016;

The authorities are trying to locate a badly injured Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) that was spotted by divers in the Nusa Penida marine conservation area in Bali earlier this week.

A picture of the Shark was circulated on various social media sites after tourist divers Marketa Olmerova and Oldrich Olmer found the giant fish swimming slowly and bleeding heavily on Wednesday (29/06).

The two divers noticed five cuts around the Shark’s fins and abdomen, presumably caused by a speedboat propeller. They reported their discovery to dive operator and marine foundation Coral Triangle Center (CTC), which is located on Nusa Penida.

The news also caught the attention of the Klungklung district’s Marine and Fisheries Agency, as well as the Denpasar Center for Coastal and Marine Resources (BPSPL), which prompted the authorities and the CTC to launch an attempt at rescuing the severely injured fish, as reported by environmental news outlet Mongabay Indonesia.

“Yesterday we found a Whale Shark, but it was not the injured one. It is still on the loose,” the CTC’s Nusa Penida coordinator Wira Sanjaya said on Friday. “We are currently monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and cooperating with veterinarians for medical treatment.”

According to Wira, they have issued a code of conduct for divers and boat operators to ensure proper handling of such situations in future.

“The Whale Shark is still a baby, so we’re afraid it won’t be able to survive,” Marthen Welly of the CTC’s Learning Site Center told Mongabay.

There are usually several Whale Shark present in the Nusa Penida area during this time of year, coinciding with their annual migration. Whale Shark were also spotted in Gorontalo and Sulawesi since last month, state-run Antara news agency reported.

The Sharks are a protected species in Indonesia and the authorities are looking at the establishment of a public education program to promote conservation efforts.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Photo: Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru

Indonesia: 32 Pilot Whales stranded, 10 die after beaching themselves on East Java coast
16th June 2016;

At least ten out of the 32 Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) which were washed up on beaches near Probolinggo in East Java had died, authorities confirmed on Thursday (16/06).

Probolinggo Maritime and Fisheries Agency head Deddy Isfandi told Antara news agency 32 Whales had beached themselves on a beach near the village of Randu Pitu in the Gending subdistrict on Wednesday afternoon.

The Whales — found by local residents—were three to five meters in length.

“Ten of the beached Whales had died. They were found on beaches near Randu Pitu, Gending, Dringu and Bentar,” Deddy said.

The agency with the help of local residents tried to rescue the Whales by pushing them back into the ocean on Wednesday night, but some of the stranded Whales were too weak to swim out to sea and had drifted back to shallow waters by Thursday morning.

Marine biologists from Surabaya’s Airlangga University are in the area to work out why the Pilot Whales had ended up washed up on the beaches.

There is speculation that the Whales had beached themselves after they got disoriented by recent extreme weather changes.

“Once the scientists are done with their research, the dead Whales will be buried near the beach where they were stranded,” Deddy said, adding that Whales had rarely been seen in the oceans off Probolinggo.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Photos: Okezone

Indonesia: Hundreds of tons of dead fish clog farmers’ nets in Lake Toba
By Arnold H Sianturi & Ratri M. Siniwi, 4th May 2016;

Fish farmers at Lake Toba in North Sumatra were shocked to find their nets filled with dead fish on Tuesday night (03/05).

The fish farms located at Haranggaol in Simalungun district commonly raise Carp (likely Common Carp) (Cyprinus carpio) and Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Many people living around Lake Toba have taken up fish farming in recent years.

According to local fish farmer Parlaungan, the incident resulted in a total estimated loss of 320 tons of fish, worth billions of rupiah.

This has never happened before. Usually we can count the number of dead fish we remove per day. But this time, all the fishes in the nets were dead,“ Parlaungan said on Tuesday.

Another farmer, Hasudungan, believes the fish died from a lack of oxygen in the water.

"The oxygen content in the cage is only 0.8 [parts per thousand], while the standard is 2. We can go bankrupt because of this,” Hasudungan said.

On Wednesday, Simalungun’s department of fishery and livestock sent a team of experts to Haranggaol to investigate the high number of fish deaths.

Officer Jarinsen Saragih said his team was still unable to determine the reason, but that they suspect that the incident was indeed caused by a lack of dissolved oxygen in the water.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Photo: Antara Photo/Syifa Yulinnas
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Indonesia: Mounting Losses
18th April 2016;

A male Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) lies dead on the grounds of the Dwi Kencana Semesta palm oil plantation in East Aceh on Sunday (14/07). Police are still investigating what caused the death of the 5-year-old pachyderm. Data from Aceh’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) show that 21 Sumatran Elephants have been killed by local residents between 2014 and 2016.

Source: Jakarta Globe