SBC to hold ‘Dolphins of Sarawak’ talk

Contrary to their local name “ikan lumba-lumba” dolphins are mammals and not fish (or ikan in Malay). These cetaceans or marine mammals related to whales and porpoises are known to be highly intelligent, agile and playful creatures.

To learn more, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) will be holding an awareness talk entitled ‘Dolphins of Sarawak’ this Oct 3 at 3 pm at its lecture theatre.

The aim of the talk is to create awareness and appreciation towards the biodiversity that we have here in Sarawak, including those that inhabit our marine or coastal areas.

The talk will be presented by Cindy Peter, a fulltime research fellow in Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

Cindy who is also a local dolphin expert specialising in marine biology has been working with the Sarawak Dolphin Project since 2008 and obtained her MSc through her work on the Irrawaddy dolphins of Sarawak.

During the talk, she will present information on the four species of dolphins found in the waters of Sarawak, their ecology the frequency of dolphin sightings according to their species, and its conservation efforts.

Apart from this, Cindy has also given talks and training to tour guide operators on the ethics of dolphin watching, a popular tour package for tourists along the Santubong coastline.

Members of the public can expect to take home valuable knowledge on dolphins, their behavior and their existence, close to many of us, as well as Sarawak’s natural heritage.

Those who arrive early on Oct 3 may also take a stroll around SBC’s ethnobotanical garden, and prior to that, they have to inform SBC so that their officers may facilitate the stroll.

SBC’s series of public talks are part of the centre’s awareness and appreciation programme.

Those interested in attending the talk are to register their names and contact numbers with Constance Vanessa or Ha-mim Marzuki at 082-610610 or at [email protected] or [email protected] by Oct 1.

The talk is open to the public and is free of charge.

 

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