23 Dolphins Stranded in Ujung Kulon
28 sept 12.00 a local woman spotted dolphins in trouble trying to get
to shore, she immediatly called staff from the National Park ’Taman Nasional Ujung Kulon’ who checked
at 13.00 and found 23 dolphins; 16 on the beach 7 still in the water trying to get to the beach. One of the forestry department rangers of Ujung kulon National Park, assisted by a local citizen, succesfully drived the dolphins to return to the open deep sea but still the dolphins remained in the area trying to get back. The head of the forestry department called at
17.00 to jaan requesting for help. Jaan left at 2 in the morning to arrive on location at 8 in the morning (five persons). Meanwhile one of the 7 stranded and had died too 5 kilometers from the other location where the 16 died, so this information also came to late.
The dolphins that stranded had all forced themselves through a very low tide 1 meter average for one kilometer in lenght! That’s why we found all dolphins wounded on the belly part. The dolphins belong to the stenella longirostris species. For 48 hours the beach area was watched to make sure no more dolphins would be spotted, meaning the 6 were save back in sea.
All dolphins that died have been buried.
JAAN prepares for workshops /trainings in marine mammal rescue and you can help us: we need towels, ropes, buckets, and vaseline cream. These items can be dropped off at the JAAN office. Your donation to make these workshops possible will also be much appreciated. Please mention; for marine mammal rescue workshop with your donation to JAAN, Thank you so much for the support, which enables us to actually get out there and help.
Please also see: http://www.metrotvnews.com/read/newsvideo/2011/09/30/136906/23-Lumba-lumba-Terdampar-di-Ujung-Kulon-17-Mati