A code 3 baby Sousa (assuming Sousa chinensis) or Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin was found at Kukup Beach, Kec Tanjungsari, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta on 8 October 2016 by a local photographer. The length was reported to be 40 cm, but it’s rather doubtful. No effort has been made so far to retrieve the sample. This might be the first confirmed appearance of Sousa chinensis in the southern coasts of Java. News from Joshua Wendy, photo from MeteorJogja.
A Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) was found dead (code 2, fresh dead) at the Karangwuni Beach, Wates Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta on Wednesday morning, 5th November 14. Witnesses found some superficial trauma on the skin, possibly due to fishing gear entanglement. Approximate body length was 1.5 metres, weight approximately 50 kg. The locals finally decided to take the carcass to their village and then dissected the animal for local consumption. While we understand that such decision was made based on insufficient understanding of stranding events, we urge the locals and the local government to think about possible health problems the meat consumption might cause (due to possible disease or heavy metal contaminants). In addition, by dissecting the animal without first contacting the local authority (in this case the DKP), we were prevented from doing any necropsy to understand the possible cause of death (whether it was truly bycatch or other causes). News credit to Jaya Ratha and Sheyka Nugrahani. News source: Kedaulatan Rakyat Yogyakarta.
Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia