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JOHOR BARU, Feb 10, 2016:

The whale carcass that was found at the Sungai Sarang Buaya river mouth in Semerah, near Batu Pahat yesterday, has been identified as an endangered whale species.

The 13-metre long mammal, weighing about 12 tonnes, is also the same whale that was found stranded and rescued by fishermen in Pantai Rambah, near the Pontian coast, two days ago.

The whale’s carcass, from the Balaenoptera borealis species, which is also the world’s third-largest species of whale, has been sent to the Fisheries Department office in Batu Pahat for post-mortem.

Johor Fisheries Department director Munir Mohd Nawi said the whale was confirmed to be that of an endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“A forensics team from the Turtles and Marine Ecosystem Centre was examining the carcass.

“We believe that this is the same whale that was found and rescued in Pontian waters a couple of days ago,” he said today.

The whale’s carcass has been towed to the department’s jetty here for a post-mortem and to determine the cause of death.

On Monday, it was reported that a whale was rescued by a group of fishermen and firemen off the Pontian coast.

The mammal was freed after being escorted to deeper waters.

However, the whale was later found beached in the waters along Sungai Sarang Buaya, near Batu Pahat, yesterday.

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