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

30 Pilot Whales have become stranded in Probolinggo area.

Since 4 am the JAAN was on site striving to rescue the survivors. 20 of the Pilot Whales were succesfully returned to sea but sadly, 10 didnt make it.

This rescue operation was done in collaboration with BPSPL Denpasar, Satker Surabaya, Bidang 3 Jember BKSDA JATIM, DKP Probolinggo, Koramil Gending, PosAl Paiton, Veterinary Facility FKH Unair, COP & AnimalsIndonesia.

Pilot whales are often found in mass strandings, when one is in trouble, others try to help & also get themselves stranded. They have strong family bonds & will risk their lives striving to save their loved ones.

Source: Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) Facebook

At least 15 Pilot Whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Probolinggo, East Java, on June 15, 2016.
Photo: Reef Check Indonesia/Indra

Indonesia: Dozens of Whales stranded on East Java coast, 15 likely dead
16th June 2016;

Dozens of Pilot Whales have beached on the coast of East Java, discovered on Wednesday by residents in Probolinggo, East Java. The giant marine mammals are thought to have become stranded due to changes in the sea temperature.

The Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) were seen around the shore on Wednesday afternoon. Most managed to return to the sea but returned to shore as one had become stuck, leaving them all trapped by the sudden low tide.

Wahid, the Maritime Resources Management Office head, said at least 32 Pilot Whales had been found stranded. Seven of them were less than two meters in length and the local fishermen had tied them to prevent them getting washed further ashore.

“Approximately 25 Whales came ashore around the estuary, 15 of these Whales are not moving and are likely dead […] the colony may have been searching for cooler waters but got stranded,” he said as quoted by kompas.com in Jakarta on Wednesday night.

The local residents have taken the deceased Whales to land, through the creek, for burial. According to local tradition, the residents must hold a burial for dead Whales as they believe that Whales purposely come ashore to end their journey.

“What do you expect us to do? If they are still alive, we will surely help them return to deep sea. The dead ones, we must bury them,” said the Pesisir village chief Sanemo.

Source: Jakarta Post

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

  1. A man touches a dead Whale after it got stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  2. A child hugs a fin of a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  3. Indonesian environmental activists redirect a disoriented Short-finned Pilot Whale to sea during a rescue operation in Probolinggo on June 16, 2016. Eight Pilot Whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java that sparked a major rescue operation, an official said on June 16. Thirty-two of the Short-finned Pilot Whales came ashore during high tide early on June 15 in Probolinggo, East Java province.
  4. A man tries to rescue a Short-finned Pilot Whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 Short-finned Pilot Whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea.
  5. Animal rescuers try to rescue a Short-finned Pilot Whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 Short-finned Pilot Whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea.

Photos: Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS, Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images, Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Indonesia: Most of beached Whales free themselves in Indonesia
By Angie Teo, Kanupriya Kapoor & Nick Macfie, 16th June 2016;

Most of the 29 Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) trapped in an Indonesian mangrove swamp on Thursday managed to free themselves or were gently helped out to sea as the tide rose, fisheries officials said.

Villagers on the east of Java island helped fisheries staff free the Pilot Whales that became trapped at low tide.

“Today, of the 29 beached Whales, seven died, four were helped back out to sea and 18 were able to swim back themselves,” the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement.

Officials said they did not know why the Whales ventured into the mangrove swamp. Residents said Whales were rarely seen in the area.

Whale beachings, while unusual, have been seen in other parts of Indonesia.

This year, a four-tonne, 16-metre (52 foot) Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was found dead on a beach on the resort island of Bali.

Source: Reuters

  1. Rescuers pull dead Whales ashore in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2016 during a mass rescue operation of stranded Whales. People managed to pull most of more than 30 stranded Whales into the deep sea, an official said.
  2. A boy clings on the fin of a dead Whale in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2016 during a mass rescue operation of stranded Whales.
  3. Photo: AP Photo/Trisnadi

    Indonesia: Dozens of Whales stranded in Indonesia’s Java island, 10 die
    16th June 2016;

    More than 30 Whales were stranded on the coast on Indonesia’s main island of Java and 10 of them have died, an official said Thursday.

    A mass rescue operation managed to pull most of the stranded Whales into the deep sea, said Wahid Noor Azis, head of the local Fishery and Maritime management.

    Wahid said the Whales began stranding themselves during high tide Wednesday on the coast of Pesisir village in Probolinggo district in the province of East Java.

    The Whales, numbering about 32 to 35, are likely Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), which live in tropical and subtropical waters, Wahid said.

    Dozens of locals using two boats were trying to drive the last two stranded Whales still alive into the deep sea.

    The provincial Conservation and Natural Resources Agency will be conducting autopsies on the 10 dead Whales to find out why they became stranded, Wahid said. The locals would bury the carcasses of the dead Whales after the autopsies.

    Pilot Whales are among the largest of the oceanic Dolphins, exceeded in size only by the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca). They are also among the most common cetaceans stranded.

    Source: Associated Press

  1. Indonesian soldiers, policemen and residents work to remove a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  2. Residents take pictures of a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  3. Children stand on a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  4. An Indonesian soldier and a resident inspect dead Whales stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.

Photos: Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS

Indonesia: Rescuers struggle to save beached Whales in Indonesia
By Angie Teo, Kanupriya Kapoor & Robert Birsel, 16th June 2016;

Indonesian rescuers worked on Thursday to save a pod of beached Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) that got trapped in a mangrove swamp at low tide, fisheries officials said.

Villagers in the area in the east of Java island were helping fisheries staff trying to lead the 30 or so whales, most of which were believed to be young Pilot Whales, back to sea.

Several of the Whales had died after being hurt in the shallows and many of the others were weak, officials said.

“The residents are trying to push the active Whales back toward deeper water … but some are still stuck,” Deddy Isfandi, a fisheries official in the coastal town of Probolinggo, told media.

Another fisheries official, Wahid Noor Azis, told Reuters seven of the Whales were calves while the biggest of the adults was up to four metres (13 feet) long.

The officials said they did not know why the animals ventured into the mangrove swamp. Residents said Whales were rarely seen in the area.

Whale beachings, while unusual, have been seen in other parts of Indonesia.

This year, a four-tonne, 16-metre (52 foot) Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was found dead on a beach on the resort island of Bali.

Source: Reuters