Bryde's whale found dead off Kota Kinabalu
News Update by The Star News Desk
KOTA KINABALU: The 24-metre-long Bryde’s whale that was freed after being stranded in shallow waters off Pulau Gaya near here three days ago was found dead at almost the same spot where it was trapped early Sunday.
Pulau Gaya villagers said they noticed the whale, known to Kadazandusuns as Luulumbo, at about 2.30am and when at dawn, they spotted the whale lying on its side with the waters around the carcass turning dark red as blood began flowing out from the carcass.
As word spread of the mammal’s demise, dozens of islanders, local folk and tourists took boats to have a look at and take pictures of the carcass and by about 8am it was already emitting a foul odour.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Karim Bujang said no decision has been made as to what is to be done with the carcass.
“It will either be towed to sea for it to decompose or we will have to find out whether the Sabah Museum Department is keen to preserve its skeletal remains,” he said.
picture : Rescued whale found dead off Pulau Gaya
17 Dec 2006NST pix by Edmund Samunting