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Malaysia: Whale ends up in Banggi
30th September 2014;
A Whale showed up at Kampung Kapitangan in Pulau Banggi, some 20 km from Karakit, Sunday night. A photo of the creature stranded ashore was circulated via social media.
When contacted, Kudat Police Chief Supt Dawi Ossen said villagers who made the discovery tried to guide the Whale, which was still alive back into the sea.
However, their efforts failed when the Whale came back to shore and subsequently lost its fight to survive.
Dawi said police personnel on duty went to the scene at about 5.30 pm and found that the villagers had buried the carcass at the beach.
In August 2012, a 15.8-metre Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) also showed up at the tributary of Sungai Sitompok, near Kampung Hujung Air in Kuala Penyu.
However, it was dead by 8 pm despite a 12-hour effort to guide it back to sea using ropes and pouring sea water over its 4-metre diameter body.
In February the same year, a 12-metre baleen whale was found dead in Pulau Mengalum waters about 40 nautical miles from Kota Kinabalu.
Another 20-metre Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) also got stranded and died in Lok Urai in Pulau Gaya on 15th December 2006 and its full skeleton is exhibited at the Sabah Museum.
Source: Daily Express
There is much uncertainty regarding the taxonomy of Bryde’s Whale, which have been split into two subspecies, a larger, offshore form (Balaenoptera edeni brydei), and a smaller, coastal form (Balaenoptera edeni edeni). However, some regard them to be so distinct that Balaenoptera edeni brydei should be elevated to full species, Balaenoptera brydei. To add to the confusion, several Bryde’s Whale specimens from the Indo-Pacific have turned out to be Omura’s Whale (Balaenoptera omurai) instead.