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Fri 08 Aug 2008

Dolphin carcass on Labrador beach

Category : marine

Thursday 07 Aug 2008 - I got a call from Eslindah Ismail from NParks Labrador who told me another carcass had been washed shore on Labrador Beach, in front of the rocky shore. Like the last carcass that was washed ashore there on 15 June 2005, this body appears to be that of an Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin (Sousa chinensis).

The body was in quite a decomposed state so I ran the photos past Kelvin Lim at the Raffles Museum for a second opinion. He offered, "from the slender beak and the pale, pinkish colour (assuming that that is close to the original colour), this seems likely to be the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, the most frequently seen of the cetaceans in Singapore waters."

The carcass was buried yesterday and I will go down (with some help) in a few weeks time to recover the bones to deposit the specimen in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.

For other reports of dolphns, see reports in Habitatnews.

Posted at 4:34AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news