KOTA KINABALU – Villagers from Kampung Teluk Likas discovered a wounded Dolphin stranded in the shoreline nearby their village at dawn today.
Sabah Wildlife Department was alerted about this incident at around 9 am.
“We immediately responded and send our Wildlife Rescue Unit to the area to assist in the rescue operation,” said the department’s director William Baya in a statement.
He added that both Veterinary team from WRU and Biologist from the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) are working very closely on the rescue operation.
“The dolphin is still being treated at the site and would most probably be transferred to the BMRI for further treatment and care,” he said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Director and Wildlife Veterinarian for the Sabah Wildlife Department Dr Sen Nathan disclosed that the dolphin species is a Risso Dolphin.
“The dolphin condition is really serious. It is weak and currently not eating and has some wounds on its body.
“Our Veterinary team on site headed by Dr Sandy Ling together with Marine Biologists from BMRI UMS are really trying their utmost best to keep it alive,” he said.
Dr. Sen stated that more than 90 percent of dolphins that beach themselves normally do not make it even with the best care provided. – SayangSabah