The Straits Times
Published on Sep 02, 2012

Villagers discover dead dugong beached in Johor


JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The carcass of a 2.1m-long male dugong has been found beached at the banks of Sungai Rengit in Pengerang in south Johor.

It might have been dead for more than a day, said fisherman Mr Hong Thian Hwa, 27.

"The dugong had many slash-like wounds on its body and head," he said, adding that nobody wanted to move the carcass because of its stench.

Hong said the area was known to be a dugong habitat and fishermen had frequently spotted them at sea. Dugongs, he added, would sometimes come close to the fishing boats.