Bryde’s Whale In Kota Kinabalu

Jetting out by speedboat en- route to the islands of TARP we noticed a small gathering of local boats with many people in the water just offshore of Gaya Island.

Two friends from Sarawak were with us as we were conducting a Photo Clinic. Sadly the center of attention was a beached 21m Bryde’s Whale, which soon became the the subject of a massive rescue effort by the diving community and government officials. That evening at high tide and after a very long day the creature was towed from the reef. Unfortunately it was found dead the following day at almost the same spot. Due to the fact we were focusing on the Photo Clinic with our friends Matthew and Lee, we were without our own cameras, however Lee kindly supplied us with these images.

Sad as it was that the creature died, it was an amazing experience to be in the water with such a magnificent animal.

Thanks to Foo Sze Lee for these images !