|The female Sousa chinensis by-caught in Paloh, pic by Taufik|
17 February 2014
Februanty Purnomo and I were packing our stuff for one night overnight at Temajuk by the border of Sarawak when Dwi Suprapti, DVM rushed in, declaring that a fisher just caught a dolphin in a village nearby. We dropped our overnight stuff, grabbed our GPS, camera and note book, and drove out to Guntung, about 20 min drive south from the WWF Paloh basecamp where we had been staying since last Saturday.
We arrived about an hour too late, apparently, for when we arrived there, the dolphin had been cleanly dissected by the locals for personal consumption, leaving only about 30x30x30 chunk of meat in whitish skin on the ground. Thanks to technology tho, even fishers nowadays have smartphones. One of them produced his Blackberry and showed us the picture of the dolphin. As I suspected from the white skin, it was a Sousa chinensis (Indo Pacific humpback dolphin).