Monday, January 11, 2010

Pulau Salak, Santubong to have dolphin research centre

SANTUBONG: Pulau Salak is set to have a dolphin research centre to add to the uniqueness of this century old island village.

Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the centre will draw tourists to the village.

“We can witness for ourselves the Irrawaddy dolphins migrating from Indochina because according to researchers, the waters here provide a suitable ecosystem for the species,” he said during the Durian Festival yesterday.

According to Dr Rahman, besides researchers from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), many researchers from overseas come to the village to conduct research on dolphins.

Many tourists have participated in the homestay programme to see the rare species swimming in waters near the village usually around 4pm to 5pm everyday.

“That is one of the main attractions of this island alongside eco-tourism,” he said.

He appealed to the government to develop the island which has potential in the tourism industry.

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