Sunday, December 17, 2006

MASSIVE WHALE FOUND BUT THIS TIME DEAD

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
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/nst/Sunday/NewsBreak/20061217140514/Article/index_html

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Massive Whale in Sabah

Stranded whale saved
By MUGUNTAN VANAR
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: There were loud cheers and claps when divers and a tugboat finally towed a 24m-long Bryde's whale from shallow waters off Pulau Gaya near here last night.
The bruised and bleeding whale, called Luulumbo by the Kadazans, was towed out of the shallow waters to the South China Sea under the watchful eyes of concerned nature lovers, including divers from Scubazoo, who worked tirelessly to rescue the whale which had been trapped in the shallow waters since Thursday.
Relating how the whale was freed, Scubazoo operations director Simon Enderby, who was among those helping to tie the mammal to the tugboat, said: “It was an elating moment.”

Enderby, a senior diving photographer, said they first attempted to tie ropes on the whale's front pectoral fins and tow it out with tugboat Bina Satu at around 5pm.
“The ropes slipped off after we managed to move the whale some 100m,” said Enderby.
He said a group of divers – Marcus Ruff, Dr Nicholas Pilcher, one identified only as Moss and himselfB4�െപോല്‍ നടക്കേണം
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