Monday, April 24, 2006

The Sarawak Dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei

Yes, a dolphin has been named after Sarawak. The ‘Sarawak Dolphin’ or ‘Fraser’s Dolphin’ was scientifically described in 1956 by F.C. Fraser. His description was based on a skeleton found on a beach in Lutong in 1895. The skeleton was found by Charles Hose and the specimen now resides in the British Museum of Natural History.

The Fraser’s dolphin remained a mystery to scientists until the 1970’s when the species was ‘rediscovered’. It is found in deep waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. One of the best places in Southeast Asia to see Fraser’s dolphins is Bohol in the Philippines. This is where I went to see them. They are fantastic dolphins to watch as they are very social and hang out in groups of 100-500. I’ve been to Pamilacan Island in Bohol a few times to see these beautiful creatures. They are joy to watch.

There have been no further records of the Fraser’s dolphin in Sarawak. This does not mean that they are no longer found in Sarawak, its just that no scientists have been offshore to look for them. Recent marine mammal research in Sarawak has focused on near shore waters rather than the deep offshore waters that Fraser’s dolphins prefer.


Robin said...

wow.. Can this be seen in Kuching too?

pesut said...

Hi Robin, unfortunely not. If it was I'd be out there every day! And Francis would paddling his kayak at record speeds to keep up with them. This photo was taken in Bohol, Philippines. Last time I went there we saw a group of 100+ Fraser's.

FH2O said...

for a moment there i was jumping up and down! ;)

dream on robin!!

Poison said...

I read about your adventure with the dolphins while kayaking in fh2o posts. How cool is that.

f2ho: errr...jumping up and down in a kayak? hehehhe....