Found: Malaysia’s #NationalMarineAnimal

Malaysia has been a sovereign nation for 57 years. And while the National Animal of Malaysia is arguably the Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni), there is no recognized #NationalMarineAnimal.

Well that didn’t last too long this Merdeka month; not on our watch.

Nominations were first accepted from all Malaysians for a period of 1 week. The eight species that  received the most nominations graduated to the elimination round. These were (in no particular order):

1. Dugong (Dugong dugon);
2. Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas);
3. Staghorn Coral (Acropora sp.);
4. Small Giant Clam (Tridacna maxima);
5. Indopacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis);
6. Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea);
7. Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus); and
8. Yellow seahorse (Hippocampus kuda)
The eight species were then randomly matched to each other, which pretty much looked like this:
After 7 rounds of intense and passionate voting, the gentle dugong was crowned Malaysia’s #NationalMarineAnimal edging the charismatic Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin.


May the mermaid of the sea be an icon and protector of Malaysia’s waters for many years to come!

Check out our press release, CNA feature and BFM interview!

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