Source: Hilbert Montell Facebook

Some of the dead fishes seen in Sungai Oya in Sarawak, presumably casualties of a recent mass mortality event. Two of the fishes in these photos are identifiable as Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia), while the other two are of unidentifiable Catfishes (Siluriformes).

 

Malaysia: No reason found yet on why lobsters, fish in Oya River died


Source: Berita Harian

22nd February 2018;

The mass surfacing and and subsequent dying of aquatic life, particularly lobsters prawns and fish, in Oya River, Dalat that went viral on social media could have been caused by many factors, including poisoning.

Nanoplankton specialist Musa Musbah said 20 to 30 years ago, such phenomenon occurred not only in Dalat river but also in other rivers in Sarawak including in Niah and Sibuti areas in Miri, with varying degrees.

He was asked to comment on the so-called ‘drunken phenomenon’ of aquatic life in Oya River, which drew many comments on his Facebook page.

Musa reminded those who doubted the safety of such prawns or fish sold in the market to temporarily avoid eating them until the authorities come up with their findings and give assurance that whatever is caught from the river is safe to consume.

He did not deny that there might be some individuals who used poison to catch fish and prawns due to ignorance on its impact on health, while there might be others who did it for quick profit.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was reported in the local media as saying that the Department of Environment (DoE) would investigate and study the causes of the phenomenon.

Source: The Borneo Post

Those are not lobsters, but Giant River Prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), while the fish in the photo appears to be a Helicopter Catfish (Wallagonia leerii).

 

Malaysia: Crocs spotted in Senadin housing drain

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The Crocodile that was found dead in the net.

By Jenifer Laeng, 6th January 2018;

Several residents in Senadin Phase 3, jittery after they spotted a few Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in the big drain at the back of their houses recently, are hoping that authorities could do something before anything untoward happens.

According to one of the house owners, she had been living here for years and the sight of the reptiles, believed to be the young ones, had becoming more frequent lately.

“In fact, one was found in the net by my brother-in-law on Thursday. He initially thought that it was not Crocodile, but when we had a close look at it, we knew it was a Crocodile,” she said when contacted today.

The woman, who requested anonymity, said her brother-in-law was surprised when he went to check on his fishing net on Thursday and found the reptile in it.

“The reptile measuring at about two feet in length was however dead when it was found so he got rid of it,” she said.

She added that the drain behind their house was quite big, and she believed there are more of the reptiles in the area.

“There has been no cases of croc attack here in the past, so we are hopeful that the authorities can do something about it to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photos: Info Kemalangan & Bencana Malaysia Facebook

Malaysia: Crocodile opened up to search for remains of missing man
14th December 2017;

A Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was captured yesterday after a man went missing at Sungai Sebemban in Serian since Dec 5, believed to have been attacked by the reptile.

According to a Civil Defence spokesperson, the Crocodile was brought to shore after it was trapped to be opened up but no human body parts were found inside its stomach.

The missing man is believed to have been attacked by a Crocodile following the discovery of footprints of the reptile near the victim’s fishing gear.

Ariff Bagoh, 42, was reported missing by his family members after failing to return home from fishing on the day of the incident. The search and rescue (SAR) operation entered its sixth day yesterday.

Source: The Borneo Post

Local villagers help to haul the 3.3 metre male Croc up the bank of Sg Rimbas in Pusa.
Photo: Sarawak Voice

Malaysia: SFC: Two male Crocs put down in Pusa culling operation
25th October 2017;

Two male Estuarine Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) were culled from the waters of Sungai Rimbas, Pusa by Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) over the past few days.

In a press statement issued yesterday, SFC disclosed that SWAT members installed 13 baited hooks along a 5-kilometre stretch of Sungai Rimbas on Oct 17.

“The very next day, a big 4.8-metre Croc was hooked and culled. More recently, another two Crocodiles had been caught,” the statement said, adding the latter two reptiles measured 3.3 metres and 2.8 metres in length respectively.

The decision to cull the two male reptiles was made due to the relatively high density of Crocodiles prevailing in that area.

Given the successful culling exercise, operations at Sungai Rimbas were called off on Sunday,“ it added.

SFC also expressed the corporation’s gratitude to all parties involved, particularly the police and local villagers for assistance rendered during the culling operation.

Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest Forest Department or SFC offices of Crocodile sightings in their areas, and to not take matters into their own hands owing to the extremely dangerous nature of the reptiles.

Source: The Borneo Post

The 4.8 metre Crocodile culled at Sungai Rimbas in Pusa.
Photos: Kami Boikot Buletin Utama TV3 Facebook and Saharudin Rahman Facebook

Malaysia: Human remains in culled Crocodile confirmed as Bentayan’s
20th October 2017;

Police have confirmed that human remains found inside an Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) culled by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) on Wednesday was that of Bentayan Ilah from Kampung Tambak.

This was disclosed by SFC who noted that Bentayan’s remains have since been handed to his family for burial yesterday.

The corporation said the Crocodile was culled during an operation at Sungai Rimbas in Pusa on Wednesday.

“SFC’s Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) comprising personnel from Kuching and Sibu was dispatched to the location to hunt down the Crocodile which recently attacked and killed Bentayan.

"The team installed 13 baited hooks along a five kilometre stretch of Sungai Rimbas and managed to take down the 4.8 metre Crocodile yesterday (Wednesday) evening,” said an SFC spokesperson in a statement yesterday.

He added that a post mortem was carried out yesterday morning in the presence of police officers and the victim’s family.

“Some body parts were found inside the Crocodile’s abdomen and they were sent to the police for forensic DNA analysis.”

On Sept 24, Bentayan was attacked by the Crocodile during a fishing trip with his cousin along the riverbank around 3.30pm.

A search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate the 31-year-old was carried out and after three days, the SAR team found body parts which were later identified and confirmed by family members as from the victim.

Meanwhile, in two separate cases, the SWAT teams dispatched to Sungai Kawi in Bintangor and an oil palm estate at Suai in Miri also managed to cull two Crocodiles measuring at 3.87m and 3.9m respectively.

In both locations, there have been reports of human-Crocodile conflicts.

Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest SFC or Sarawak Forest Department offices of any Crocodile sightings in their areas and not take matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photos: Kami Boikot Buletin Utama TV3 Facebook, Saharudin Rahman Facebook, and Sarawak Voice

Malaysia: SFC captures killer croc in Pusa, finds human remains
By Adib Povera, 19th October 2017;

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has captured and killed a five-metre long Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) that is believed to have devoured a villager in Pusa, near Sibu.

Following the disappearance of Bentayan Ilah, SFC on Wednesday evening deployed its Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) to Sungai Rimbas in Pusa to capture the animal.

“The team, comprising officers from Kuching and Sibu, installed 13 baited hooks along the five-kilometre stretch of the river to lure the Crocodile.

"It was only recently (Tuesday evening) that our team managed to take down the 4.8-metre long Crocodile,” said SFC in a statement today.

It added that a post-mortem was conducted on the reptile in the presence of policemen and members of the victim’s family this morning.

“We found body parts in the crocodile’s abdomen. The body parts have been handed over the police for forensic DNA analysis.”

It was reported that Bentayan, together with a friend, had gone fishing at Sungai Rimbas last month.

During the incident on Sept 24, the victim, from Kampung Tambak, was believed to have been attacked and dragged into the river by the Crocodile.

In two other separate cases, SFC said its SWAT unit culled two Crocodiles measuring 3.8 and 3.9 metres, respectively. The crocs were captured at Sungai Kawi in Bintangor and Suai in Miri, respectively.

Source: New Straits Times