A trip on Borneo's Mahakam River in search of forgotten wildlife
Muara Kaman is normally also a good site to see the highly threatened Mahakam dolphin, a river species of which only a few hundred animals survive. I saw a pod of this species years ago feeding in the confluence of the two rivers, where the black peaty waters from the north meet the brown silty waters of the Mahakam. This time we don’t get to see them, which might have been because it is dark when we arrive and I am still asleep when the boat engine starts up again just after the 4 am call for prayer from the local mosque. Later on, our team does see a mother dolphin and its baby from the observation deck, but I again manage to miss them as I am writing this below deck.