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

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: Team needed to monitor Whales in East Java waters
By Wahyoe Boediwardhana, 17th June 2016;

Calls are mounting for the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry to cooperate with local authorities in East Java and set up a special team to monitor the movement of Whales entering East Java waters.

The team would be tasked with monitoring the sea mammals and keeping them out of shallow waters as they pass Java during their annual migration from Australian waters to eastern Indonesian waters.

The calls were made by ProFauna founder Rosek Nursahid following the stranding of 32 Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) in the village of Randupitu in Probolinggo regency, some 106 kilometers east of Surabaya, since Wednesday afternoon.

“It [stranding of Whales] happens frequently. Experts are still studying the phenomenon. One plausible reason is that these Whales were pursuing food sources, which are found in abundance in shallow waters. They were then swept ashore by the current and failed to return to the deep water,” Rosek said on Thursday.

The special team should monitor and drive the pod of Whales back to deep waters, he said, adding that the animals could easily die if they did not find their way back to deep waters. The migration of Pilot Whales from Australia to eastern Indonesia occurs between April and August.

Pilot whales and Dolphins from Australia pass through waters of Probolinggo and Situbondo every year on their way to the warmer waters around Bali, Lombok and eastern Indonesia.

The head of the East Java office of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Ayu Dewi Utari, told The Jakarta Post that, as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, nine of the 32 Whales had died from a lack of oxygen.

“Seven of the Whales were found dead at the location [Randupitu], while the other two were discovered near Bentar Beach, some 5 kilometers to the west from the initial site where the whales were found stranded,” Ayu said.

Six of the 32 Whales were calves measuring around 4 meters in length. The rest were adult Whales, which are around 6 meters long. “Currently, BKSDA officials, with the help of volunteers and local fishermen, are chasing the whales away to deep waters. We have been waiting for high tide in order to push them away. Last night’s high tide was not helpful enough, because darkness and extreme waves prevented us from carrying out the task,” said Ayu.

A team of veterinarians from Airlangga University has arrived at the site to oversee the evacuation process and conduct an autopsy on two of the dead Whales to establish the cause of their death.

Source: Jakarta Post

  1. Cast ashore – East Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) officials work with one of the Short-finned Pilot Whales on Wednesday.
  2. Trapped – Several Short-finned Pilot Whales stuck in shallow waters in Probolinggo, East Java, on Wednesday.

Photos: BKSDA East Java

Indonesia: Low oxygen levels, salinity cause of beached Pilot Whales
By Wahyoe Boediwardhana, 17th June 2016;

Decreased oxygen levels and water salinity are thought to be among the causes that led dozens of Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) to wash up on a beach in Randupitu village, Gending district, Probolinggo regency, East Java, on Wednesday.

Data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Juanda, Surabaya, reveals that it was likely that strong currents in the northern Java Sea had carried the Pilot Whales ashore.

According to the data, strong winds of more than 28 knots caused high seas with 2 to 3.5 meter waves. The high waves also caused oxygen level decreases deep below the surface and lowered water salinity, which was accompanied with a sea level rise.

The BMKG added that these three elements had led deep water fish to migrate to the surface, leading many of them to become stuck in shallow waters.

As reported earlier, 32 Pilot Whales were found on the beach in Randupitu village, around 106 kilometers east of Surabaya on Wednesday.

Head of the East Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) Ayu Dewi Utari said that as of noon on Thursday, nine of the Pilot Whales had died due to lack of oxygen. Seven Whales were found dead on the Randupitu village beach while two others were found at Bentar beach, around 5 kilometers west of the location where the pod of Pilot Whales were first found, said Ayu.

ProFauna Indonesia activist Rosek Nursahid said the reason the Whales had become beached was not yet known.

However, he added that Whales generally became trapped in shallow waters for one of four reasons.

The most possible reason is, the group of Whales were foraging for food, which had accumulated in the shallow water. They were then carried by strong currents onto the beach and then could not return to the deep sea, said Rosek.

A team of veterinarians from the University of Airlangga, Surabaya, have been dispatched to remove the dead Whales and perform an autopsy to reveal the cause of their deaths.

Source: Jakarta Post

I’m not sure how low dissolved oxygen in the water would affect air-breathing mammals, unless it means that the this pod of Short-finned Pilot Whales got stranded while pursuing their usual pelagic prey, which had been forced into shallow coastal waters close to shore.

  1. Confirmed: Short-finned Pilot Whales
  2. Yesterday
  3. JAAN, AnimalsIndonesia, Centre for Orangutan Protection, and Airlangga vets investigating
  4. Morphometric and external examination before necropsy
  5. Necropsy ongoing
  6. Two volunteers measuring Whale total length.
  7. Burial process.

Photos: Benvika, Rifqi Ajier, Lubis KKHL (MMAF)

15th June 2016, 19:53

STRANDING ALERT!!!

A total of at least 29 Whales (possibly Pilots, possibly more than 30) are currently stranded at Desa Randupitu, Kecamatan Gending, Kabupaten Probolinggo: 23 mature individuals of 4 meters long and 6 calves or juveniles of 2 m long. Please spread news. BPSPL Denpasar are coordinating the rescue effort. News by Rifqi Ajier, Jakarta Animal Aid Network

16th June 2016, 06:31

Three Pilots were refloated back to sea up to last night. Two individuals positive dead. More photos soon. Team are discussing next steps with incoming tides

16th June 2016, 07:54

Last update this morning… four additional Pilots found in mangrove area; three of them positive dead. The team are trying to release the one individual. That brings it to total 3 released, 5 dead, 1 still on rescue effort.

16th June 2016, 11:45

Rescue wrap up: 29 Pilots stranded, 7 dead, 4 refloated back to sea by rescuers, 18 returned to the sea on their own. Field team is now preparing necropsy. News from Rifqi Ajier JAAN.

16th June 2016, 12:34

They found more Pilot Whale carcasses at the adjacent Bentar and Gending beaches. Total 32 stranded, 10-11 died (for the whole event). Exact dead count TBA.

16th June 2016, 16:49

Necropsy in still ongoing. Just to reiterate that BPSPL Denpasar is the coordinator of this rescue effort. A team from the central MMAF (Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs) in Jakarta has arrived on site. A scientist from LIPI (Indonesia’s scientific institute) is arriving in an hour. Necropsy is led by Arie DVM from Udayana Uni, aided by vets from Airlangga Uni and Gajah Mada Uni.

16th June 2016, 20:18

Two Pilot Whales were seen near shore by two local fishers just now. Amank and Rifqi Ajier from JAAN are checking the scene again. It has been advised to just conduct observation without herding, for the two Whales might just be saying goodbye to the deceased, as has been observed during a Pilot Whale mass stranding in Banyuwangi East Java on 22 May 2004 (database ID 68).

17th June 2016, 12:44

From Rifqi Ajier at 10:35 am local time: “Local fishers reported two more stranded Pilot Whales found last night. This morning, the team combed the area but found no carcasses. Possibly they have moved due to high tide. A necropsy is done this morning, led by the R&D team of the MMAF and LIPI. Next is burying the carcasses and monitoring/combing the adjacent waters. At the moment, we have 10 dead Whales ready for burial.”

21st June 2016, 12:40

News from Sekar Mira (LIPI) and Rifqi Ajier (JAAN) has it that the death count is now 15 Pilot Whales. With total 32 Pilot Whales stranding (assuming the new deaths were part of the original group), it makes quite a high mortality rate with more than 50% animals dead. Still kudos to all BPSPL Denpasar-led team who have worked so hard during the Holy Month of Ramadhan to make the rescue and post mortem investigation happen.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook