The dead Porpoise and other marine life washed ashore at Luak.

Malaysia: Dead Dolphin, fish and crustaceans washed ashore, cause unknown
18th March 2017;

A Dolphin Porpoise believed to be an adult male Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) locally known as Lumba-lumba was among dead marine creatures washed ashore since last Monday.

Oswald Braken Tisen from Sarawak Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SMMSN) said a staff of a club house – Beach Republic at Luak – found the carcass of the 1.39 metre Dolphin Porpoise at the beach between the club house and the nearby Luak Esplanade.

“Swift action was taken by the Department of Forestry, Miri and Sarawak Forestry Corporation, SFC Miri and other members of the Network upon knowing about the incidence this morning,” he said when contacted by the Borneo Post yesterday.

He said the carcass had been brought to SFC Miri for examination and was later buried at Piasau Nature Reserve.

Braken, who is also SFC’s deputy general manager said currently the cause of death of the Dolphin Porpoise, fish and crustaceans has not been ascertained.

“It is hard to determine and it could that the Dolphin Porpoise is injured or is old and sick. We are still investigating,” he said.

Asked why fish, cockles and crustaceans also died along that stretch of the sea, Braken said he had yet to receive further reports, adding that the case was the first one to occur here this year.

Last year, three dead Dolphins were washed ashore here.

Meanwhile, the staff of Beach Republic said that he had sensed something unusual when he detected a stench blown from the sea and many dead clams and cockles were washed ashore since Monday.

Source: The Borneo Post

The shells appear to be those of Button Snails (Umbonium vestiarium), while the Ray is likely to be a Long-nosed Eagle Ray (Aetobatus flagellum) and the fishes are a species of Puffer (Lagocephalus sp.).

  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).