Whale ends up in Banggi
Published on: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: A whale showed up at Kg Kapitangan in Pulau Banggi, some 20km from Karakit, Sunday night. A photo of the creature stranded ashore was circulated via social media. Kudat Police Chief Supt Dawi Ossen when contacted said villagers who made the discovery tried to guide the whale, which was still alive back into the sea.

However, their efforts failed when the whale came back to shore and subsequently lost its fight to survive.

Dawi said police personnel on duty went to the scene at about 5.30pm and found that the villagers had buried the carcass at the beach.

In August 2012, a 52-feet black whaleshark also showed up at the tributary of Sungai Sitompok, near Kg Hujung Air in Kuala Penyu.

However, it was dead by 8pm despite a 12-hour effort to guide it back to sea using ropes and pouring sea water over its 13-feet diameter body.

In February the same year, a 12m Baleen whale was found dead in Pulau Mengalum waters about 40 nautical miles from Kota Kinabalu.

Another 66-footer (20m) Bryde's whale also got stranded and died in Lok Urai in Pulau Gaya on Dec 15, 2006 and its full skeleton is exhibited at the Sabah Museum.


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