Photos: Meteor Jogja, Sorot Gunungkidul & Gunungkidul Post

A code 3 baby Sousa (assuming Sousa chinensis) or Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin was found at Kukup Beach, Kec Tanjungsari, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta on 8 October 2016 by a local photographer. The length was reported to be 40 cm, but it’s rather doubtful. No effort has been made so far to retrieve the sample. This might be the first confirmed appearance of Sousa chinensis in the southern coasts of Java. News from Joshua Wendy, photo from MeteorJogja.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

Photo: Ganug Adi Nugroho

Indonesia: Farmers suffer losses as fish die
25th August 2016;

Tens of thousands of fish in fishing cages in the Kedungombo Resevoir in Sumberlawang, Sragen, Central Java, have died in the past two days, apparently due to extreme weather.

Fisherman Daryono Gundul confirmed that 15 to 25 tons of fish died in the past few days, leaving the fishermen with millions of rupiah in financial losses.

“Each fisherman may have suffered [losses of] millions of rupiah depending on the differences in the number of dead fish,” he added.

He said the Mitra Tani cooperative suffered the biggest financial loss as its operator was late to pull out the fishing cage.

Ngargotirto village head Daryono said the significant loss of fish in Kedungombo was an annual phenomenon. Strong wind disturbed the water, making the sediment in the bottom of the reservoir rise, thus poisoning the fish, he added.

“The muddy water means a lack of oxygen for the fish. They will also get poisoned by food residue from the sediment,” Daryono said.

He said some fish farmers managed to save their fish by pulling their cages out of the water in time.

At least 500 fish cages had been pulled out of the water. Other fish farmers used air pumps to circulate oxygen into the water to help the fish survive the poisoning.

“The moment I saw numerous dead fish, I immediately pulled out the fish cages to prevent any more from dying,” he said.

Source: Jakarta Post

Thousands of dead farmed fish are collected in Kedungombo Dam in Central Java. Fish farmers believe the cause was extreme weather that made sedimentation and fish feed residue rise from the bottom of the dam.
Photo: Ganug Adi Nugroho

Indonesia: Tens of thousands fish die in Kedungombo
By Ganug Nugroho Adi, 24th August 2016;

Thousands of Red Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) and Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) in bamboo cages belonging to fish farmers at Kedungombo Dam, Sragen, Central Java, have died over the past two days.

The farmers suspect extreme weather was the cause.

Daryono Gundul, one fish cage owner, said the most of the dead fish were found in Ngasinan village. In the past two days, 15 to 25 tons of fish died had each day.

“Each farmer has suffered different levels of loss, starting from hundreds of thousands of rupiah to tens of millions of rupiah,” Daryono said.

Mitra Tani suffered the biggest loss, he said, because the owner moved his aquaculture cages too late.

Ngargotirto village head, whose name is also Daryono, said every year in Kedungombo fish in aquaculture cages died. Change in weather caused fungus that killed the fish. He said the fungus came from the sedimentation and residue of fish feed, which rose from the bottom of the dam in extreme weather.

Besides moving the cages to edge of the dam, farmers also supplied oxygen by creating air circulation using pumps.

Another farmer, Suharno, said some of the dead fish were cut into pieces for feed while others were buried.

Suharno said there were 81 fish farmers with 1,600 cages in Ngasinan village alone. Each day the village produced 5 to 7 tons of fish per day to meet demand from Surakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali.

Source: Jakarta Post

Photos: Detik [1], [2]

A Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata) stranded at Cilacap Beach (Central Java) on Thursday, 11 August 2016 evening local time. The Forestry Dept (BKSDA) had asked a local vet from the local Agricultural and Cattle Office to administer some vitamins and antibiotic for the Dolphin. They plan to release the Dolphin to deeper water with boat once it has been stabilised. News from Benvika JAAN, species ID from Danielle Kreb, photo from Detik.com. No further news yet about this case at the moment.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

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

When PROFAUNA rangers are patrolling in the forests of Java, they often meet hunters shooting birds like this. Most turn out to be hunted for sale or shot just as a hobby, and are not eaten for subsistence. What do you think?

Source: ProFauna Indonesia Facebook

This bird appears to be a female Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon (Treron griseicauda).

Several Pilot Whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Probolinggo, East Java on June 15.
Photo: Reef Check Indonesia/Indra

Indonesia: Dead Pilot Whales buried in mass grave in East Java
18th June 2016;

Local people in a village in Probolinggo, East Java, held a traditional funeral for 12 Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) on Friday that died after being beached on the coast.

Not only were the tails of the Whales covered in shrouds, locals also put up a gravestone and spread flowers on to the mass grave. Local people also chanted tahlil (prayers for the dead) for seven days in accordance with Javanese tradition.

The treatment was to uphold an ancient tradition passed down for generations, Pesisir village chief of Probolinggo Sanemo said on Friday as reported by kompas.com. Burying Whales or Sharks like humans had long been the tradition of the village, he added.

The 12 Short-finned Pilot Whales were buried in one 30-square-meter hole not too far from the location where they were stranded.

Probolinggo Maritime and Fisheries Agency used an excavator to move the dead Whales to the grave. Hundreds of people came to witness the burial process.

At least 32 Pilot Whales came ashore in the Probolinggo coast on Wednesday. Those that survived have been returned back to the sea.

Source: Jakarta Post