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Jakarta Post

Team needed to monitor whales in E. Java waters

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Probolinggo, East Java   /   Fri, June 17 2016   /  09:29 am

Calls are mounting for the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry to cooperate with local authorities in East Java and set up a special team to monitor the movement of whales entering East Java waters.

The team would be tasked with monitoring the sea mammals and keeping them out of shallow waters as they pass Java during their annual migration from Australian waters to eastern Indonesian waters.

The calls were made by ProFauna founder Rosek Nursahid following the stranding of 32 pilot whales in the village of Randupitu in Probolinggo regency, some 106 kilometers east of Surabaya, since Wednesday afternoon.

“It [stranding of whales] happens frequently. Experts are still studying the phenomenon. One plausible reason is that these whales were pursuing food sources, which are found in abundance in shallow waters. They were then swept ashore by the current and failed ...