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Rescuing Tony the Pygmy Whale in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


A 2 metre Pygmy Killer Whale stranded itself on a beach at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort during January in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo. A team of volunteers from Kota Kinabalu was quickly pulled together by the Resort Manager, Andrew Steele and Lindsay Porter (WWF).

The volunteers took turns to go in the water to interact with the Pygmy Whale, affectionately renamed ‘Tony’,  and to encourage him to swim. After a night long vigil Tony started to swim on his own this morning and eating fish. Hooray! A big well done to all the volunteers from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The Borneo Dream Team did their bit to support Tony the Pygmy Whale in being safely released back into deeper waters. We sent one of our PADI Instructors, James, to spend time in the water with Tony. We also used Borneo Dream 3, and our crew (Dan, Gene, James, Win and Billy), to transport Tony the Pygmy Killer Whale from the shallow bay to deeper waters outside Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Go, go, go Tony!

You can see photos of the releasing of the Pygmy Killer Whale.

Borneo Dream – doing our bit to support marine conservation efforts in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo. For more information on our marine conservation efforts, and to participate, please contact the Borneo Dream Team.

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