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Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
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  PEOPLE & ETHNIC GROUP:
 
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  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
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  KUCHING (STATE CAPITAL):
 
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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
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  Nature & National Parks
  Bako National Park
  Batang Ai National Park
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  Kubah National Park
  Kuching Wetlands National park
  Matang Wildlife Centre
  Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  Talang Satang National Park
  Tanjung Datu National Park
 
  Santubong & Damai Beach
  General Info
  Irrawaddy Dolphin
  Sarawak Cultural Village
 
  Kuching Southwest
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  Teluk Melano & Sematan
 
  Sibu
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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Bawang Assan Iban Longhouse
 
  Melanau's Heartland:
  Mukah Town
  Dalat Town
 
  Up Rejang River:
  General Info
  Kanowit, Song & Belaga
  Kapit
 
  Down Rejang River:
  General Info
 
  Miri
  General Info
  City Map
  In & Around Miri Map
 
  Lifestyle & Nightlife
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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  Must Visit Places
  Bario & Ba?kelalan
 
  Gunung Mulu National Park
  Lambir Hills National Park
  Loagan Bunut National Park
  Niah National Park
  Similajau National Park
 
 
 
 
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO
KUCHING : SANTUBONG & DAMAI BEACH - Irrawaddy Dolphin
 
 

 

KUCHING DISTRICT : SANTUBONG & DAMAI BEACH

IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN WATCHING

 

The locals call them ?pesut? or ?empesut?. Being elusive and unpredictable in keeping dates, seeing one do an appearance is indeed an exhilarating experience. Visitors who see the graceful Irrawaddy dolphins of Kuala Salak and Kuala Santubong in action are usually awed by the beauty and agility of these intelligent and lovable mammals. Unlike open water dolphins, these creatures do not perform acrobatic flips and leaps but are still very fast in the water, thus if you are planning to get one on stills, you have to be very alert. The Irrawaddy gets its unusual name from the Ayeyarwady (formerly Irrawaddy) River in Myanmar. Sarbini is deeply passionate about protecting them and constantly worry about their livelihood. The Irrawaddy dolphin can easily be distinguished from its cousins through its blunt, rounded head and it also has a flexible neck, an indistinct and almost non-existent beak, a small triangular dorsal fin with a blunt tip, and long broad flippers.

 

Their colour also ranges from dark grey to light grey and these creatures are comparatively smaller with adults averaging between 2.1 ? 2.6 m in length and weighing between 90 and 150 kg. They normally surface by rolling upwards and they only display their body, keeping most of the upper third of their body beneath the surface of the water. Every surfacing is followed with a short blow and two or three body rolls before diving beyond sight again. Like other dolphins, these creatures are gregarious, swimming in pairs or in packs of six. Here, fishermen and dolphins live in harmony and sometimes the animals keep human company during long boat trips. Perhaps it is to get a free morsel of food from the fishing boat.

 
 

 

Conservationist will be pleased to know that the Sarawak Government has taken considerable efforts in protecting this rare species and dolphin-watching programmes have been created to control tourism and limit the number of visitors so that the peaceful environment needed by the creatures, is maintained. Today, a number of operators run dolphin-watching tours and the season is from April to November or depending on the weather pattern of the year. Also with the conversion of 6,610 ha of mangroves into a protected zone called the Kuching Wetland National Park last November, the future of the dolphins is further secured. The park was designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty that promotes wetlands conservation. Dolphins are not the only interesting marine creatures to watch here as crocodiles are too.

 
 
 
KUCHING : SANTUBONG & DAMAI BEACH - Irrawaddy Dolphin
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO