Malaysia: Crocs spotted in Senadin housing drain

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

Photo: Sarawak Forestry Corporation

Malaysia: 2.5 metre long male Sarawak River Crocodile meets its end
17th July 2017;

The Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) yesterday put an end to a 2.5-metre long male Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the Sarawak River here, under its crocodile culling and removal programme.

SFC in a statement here yesterday said the SWAT operation in the major waterway that began last Tuesday, ended yesterday with the catch.

“The operation covered a three-kilometre stretch, with seven separate sets of ‘hook-and-line’ installed. The Crocodile snared at the Sarawak River Barrage at 6am this morning is estimated to weigh 70kgs and it was hauled ashore at 11am,” it said.

The Sarawak River is listed as a location of one of the 19 Crocodile Removal Zones (CRZ), whereby the presence of Crocodiles in these areas pose serious human-crocodile conflicts.

Source: The Borneo Post

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.).

The five-metre Crocodile and a small one believed to be her baby after they were shot on Sunday night.
Photos: IRKIM CREW Facebook & Abdullah Al Fattah Facebook

Malaysia: Villagers shoot, kill five-metre Croc and her baby
6th December 2016;

Residents of Kampung Pejuang Kelulit, Sibuti shot and killed an Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) measuring five metres on Sunday night.

The villagers believed the crocodile was female and that a small crocodile they shot together with it could have been its offspring.

The reptiles were shot twice in the head at around 9.30pm after they (the villagers) spotted them at the surface.

According to one of the villagers, Murshid Kabul, 64, who was in the hunting party, they had been staking out the Crocodiles for over a month.

“We had spotted several of the reptiles emerged in the river nearby the village for the past few months, which created fear amongst us as our houses were nearby the river,” said Murshid.

He added, they shot Crocodiles when they surfaced about a few metres from them.

No Crocodile attacks have been reported within the village so far.

The village is located at about 50km from Miri.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photo: INFO Sarawak Facebook

Malaysia: Suspected 2.8 metre killer Crocodile culled in Sg Oya
22nd November 2016;

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) snared a 2.8-metre-long adult Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the waters of Sungai Oya near Mukah yesterday.

SFC in a statement yesterday said SWAT members from SFC headquarters assisted by Sibu Regional Office personnel were dispatched to Kampung Bakong, Oya earlier last week to hunt down the Crocodile which attacked and killed Sili Ismail@Esmail, 60, on Nov 11.

“The team commenced culling operations on Nov 18, 13 baited hooks were placed at locations along the river where Sili was attacked. A male Crocodile weighing about 200 kg was hooked just 100 metres from the site where the victim was attacked,” an SFC spokesperson said.

The statement also noted that the operation covered a 5km radius area from the site of the attack.

“With the successful culling of the adult Crocodile deemed capable of the attack, the operation at Sungai Oya was called off yesterday (Sunday).”>/p>

SFC also took the opportunity to extend its gratitude to all parties involved particularly the police and villagers for assistance rendered during the operation.

The spokesperson also reminded the public to be vigilant at all times when using the river.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photo: Sarawak Edition Facebook

Malaysia: Irrawaddy Dolphin found dead in fishing net

4th November 2016;

The remains of an Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) were discovered trapped in a net belonging to local fishermen who were catching jellyfish (/obor-obor’) at Kuala Matu in Mukah last month.

It was alleged that when they were pulling up the net, the trapped Dolphin was already dead.

The mammal weighed around 50kg in weight and was about 1.5 meter in length.

However the carcass of the Dolphin was thrown back to the sea by the fishermen last Oct 27, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) said.

A team from SFC went to Kuala Matu on Nov 1 after news of the dead Dolphin began to spread on social media, particularly on the ‘Borneo’ Facebook account.

The investigative team managed to locate and talk with the fishermen who told the team they had no knowledge that this dolphin was a fully protected species as provided for under the Protection of Wildlife Ordinance 1988.

The SFC officers immediately put up posters to inform the public of the various kinds of protected animals in the state as well as to created greater public awareness.

Source: The Borneo Post

A photo combo of the dead fish in Sungai Lamah that went viral on the Internet.

Malaysia: Fish floating in Sungai Lamah – dead and gone
28th August 2016;

The dead fish floating in Sungai Lamah, Ulu Teru, have been washed away by currents, just before the arrival of personnel from Department of Environment (DOE) and Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) for an investigation on the reported sighting.

Tuai Rumah Seman Ringgie, when contacted by thesundaypost yesterday said the dead fish were washed away during high tide on Friday.

“A team from NREB and DOE Miri was here to take samples yesterday (Friday), but there was high tide and all the dead fish had been washed away,” he said when contacted.

According to him, various species of dead fish were seen floating along the river last Wednesday, including some snails.

He said this was the third such incident, the first one being last year, followed by a second incident in June this year, and the latest being Wednesday.

On the possible cause, Seman suspected it was due to waste from an agriculture factory which is located not far from the site.

He added that he had tried to meet up with the operator of the factory but claimed the operator had avoided meeting with him.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau has been notified of the incident and he requested the relevant authority to carry out a necessary investigation to identify the cause of the disturbing incident.

However, he advised members of the public not to speculate on the matter and make assumptions until the investigation is completed.

“NREB and DOE will carry out a thorough investigation on this matter, so I hope the people can be patient and not be too quick to speculate,” he told thesundaypost yesterday.

Source: The Borneo Post