The charity Pacific Wrecks.com, which investigates shipwrecks in and near the Pacific Ocean dating from the Second World War and the Korean War, noted that twenty years later someone had reported seeing the wreckage of a plane on a jungle-covered mountainside in the Malay Peninsula.
This 1966 report appears not to have been followed up.
The long flight was to take them from the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, over the dense jungles of the hinterland and down to the Straits Settlements island of Penang at the northwest extreme of modern-day Malaysia. A wide-ranging search mission was organised, but it discovered no hint of the fate of the plane and its crew.
After a while, the three men were declared be dead, even though there was no evidence to this effect.
Antarctic fur seals () were almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century, but their numbers began to recover when these sealing operations ceased.
However, in the past three decades, climate warming has been cutting down the availability of krill, an important part of the fur seal diet.
At the same time, the average age and size of females entering the breeding population are increasing.Then in 1985 two people clambering through the jungle stumbled upon wreckage.The location was recorded, but again the matter was not taken any further.The data collected – on causes of death, contaminants, and genetics -are already being used to help recover endangered killer whale populations. “Each stranded orca should be viewed as a unique opportunity to enhance our understanding of this magnificent species,” says co-author and veterinary pathologist Stephen Raverty. “This was a herculean effort to learn more about one of the ocean’s top predators,” says lead author Michelle Barbieri, a former Sea Doc scientist and currently the lead veterinarian for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program.