MareCet’s members have come up with a number of publications on marine mammals in Malaysia and further afield in peer-reviewed scientific journals. If you would like a copy of any of these, please send your request to

  1. Hoffman, J.M., Ponnampalam, L.S., Araújo-Wang, C., Wang, J.Y., Kuit, S.H. and Hung, S.K. 2016. Description of whistles of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) from the waters of Matang, Peninsular Malaysia. Bioacoustics (Published online). doi:
  2. Ponnampalam, L. S. 2016. No danger in sight? An observation of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in marguerite formation off Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Aquatic Mammals 42(2): 162-167. doi:
  3. Hoffman, J.M., Ponnampalam, L.S., Araújo, C.C., Wang, J.Y., Kuit, S.H. and Hung, S.K. 2015. Comparison of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) whistles from two areas of western Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 138(5): 2829-2835. doi:
  4. Hines, E., Ponnampalam, L.S., Fairul Izmal, J.H., Whitty, T.S., Jackson-Ricketts, J., Kuit, S.H. and Acebes, J. 2015. Report of the Third Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAM III). UNEP/CMS Secretariat Technical Series. Available online at:
  5. Hines, E.M., Strindberg, S., Junchumpoo, C., Ponnampalam, L.S., Ilangakoon, A.D., Jackson-Ricketts, J. and Monanunsap, S. 2015. Line transect estimates of Irrawaddy dolphin abundance along the eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand. Frontiers in Marine Science 2:63. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00063
  6. Ichikawa, K., Akamatsu, T., Ponnampalam, L., Alfian, K. and Arai, N. 2015. Heterogeneous movement of dugongs between a vocal hotspot and a seagrass bed in Johor, Malaysia. Abstracts of the 3rd Design Symposium on Conservation of Ecosystem (SEASTAR2000), 15 March 2015, Kyoto, Japan.
  7. Pomilla, C., Amaral, A. R., Collins, T., Minton, G., Findlay, K., Leslie, M. S., Ponnampalam, L., Baldwin, R. and Rosenbaum, H. 2014. The world’s most isolated and distinct whale population? Humpback whales of the Arabian Sea. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114162. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114162
  8. Ponnampalam, L. S., Fairul Izmal, J. H., Ichikawa, K., Akamatsu, T., Kee Alfian, A. A., Wetzel D. and Reynolds III, J. 2014. A multi-pronged approach for overcoming knowledge barriers on the ecology and status of dugongs (Dugong dugon) in Johor, Malaysia: Towards critical habitat protection. Pages 101 – 112 in Wan Musthapa, W. F. Z., Nik Rosely, N. F. and Othman, A. S. (Eds). Johor Nature Heritage. School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
  9. Kuit, S. H., Ponnampalam, L. S., Fairul Izmal, J. H. and Chong, V. C. 2014. Cetacean research and a precautionary approach in developing dolphin-watching tourism in the coastal waters of the Matang mangroves. Proceedings of the Matang Mangrove Forest Management Conference 2014, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. pp. 27 – 39.
  10. Ponnampalam, L.S., Fairul Izmal, J.H., Adulyanukosol, K., Ooi, J.L.S. and Reynolds III, J.E. 2014. Aligning conservation and research priorities for proactive species and habitat management: the case of dugongs Dugong dugon in Johor, Malaysia. Oryx FirstView: 1-7. doi:10.1017/S0030605313001580
  11. Ponnampalam, L. S. 2014. Medics and marine mammals – An unlikely but important connection for humanity’s survival. Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences 21(2): 1- 3.
  12. Ponnampalam, L. S. 2013. The dolphins of the Matang Mangroves. Pages 110 – 112 in Ariffin, R. and Nik Mustafa, N.M.S. (Eds.). A working plan for the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Perak. 6th Revision. Perak State Forestry Department, Malaysia.
  13. Ponnampalam, L. S., Hines, E. M., Monanunsap, S., Ilangakoon, A. D., Junchompoo, C., Adulyanukosol, K. and Morse, L. J. 2013. Behavioral observations of coastal Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in Trat Province, Eastern Gulf of Thailand. Aquatic Mammals 39(4): 401 - 408. doi:10.1578/AM.39.4.2013.401
  14. Kimura, S., Ponnampalam, L., Akamatsu, T. and Yoda, K. 2013. Acoustic towing survey for marine mammals in Langkawi, Malaysia, with special reference to Indo-Pacific finless porpoise and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. Abstracts of the 9th International Symposium on SEASTAR2000 and Asian Bio-logging Science (The 13th SEASTAR2000 Workshop), 18 – 19 March 2013, Kyoto, Japan. pp. 13.
  15. Ponnampalam, L. S., Collins, T., Minton, G., Schulz, I., Gray, H., Ormond, R. and Baldwin, R. 2012. Stomach contents of stranded cetaceans along the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea coasts of the Sultanate of Oman. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 92(8): 1699 - 1710. doi:10.1017/S0025315411002104.
  16. Ponnampalam, L. S. 2012. Opportunistic observations on the distribution of cetaceans in the Malaysian South China, Sulu and Sulawesi Seas and an updated checklist of marine mammals in Malaysia. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 60(1): 221 - 231.
  17. Ponnampalam, L. S. 2011. Dolphin watching in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman: Tourist perceptions and actual current practice. Tourism in Marine Environments 7(2): 81 – 93.
  18. Ponnampalam, L. S., F. I. Jamal Hisne, and C. R. Kaur. 2010. Report on the roundtable discussion on establishing a national marine mammal stranding network in Malaysia. MIMA: 3 August 2010. MIMA Bulletin 17: 38 – 42.