Freddie G. Lazario, 28th May 2014;
Local authorities found two stranded Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris), one died moments after its discovery, along the shorelines of Barangay Saud, Badoc, Ilocos Norte last week.
The dolphins were found four days after the discovery of a dumped butchered Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) along the shorelines in Barangay Maglaoi Sur in Currimao town near Badoc.
Arthur Valente, the fishery regulatory coordinator of the Provincial Agriculture Office of Ilocos Norte, described both dolphins as males.
The surviving dolphin measured some 1.16 meters and weighed 70 kilograms while the dead dolphin has a length of at least 1.68 meters weighing about 100 kilograms.
It was village councilor Rogelio Tacderan who saw the stranded dolphins while walking along the shores of Barangay Saud at 5 a.m. Monday, May 19.
Dr. Loida Valenzuela, provincial veterinarian, led the extraction of samples from the dead dolphin for necropsy to identify its cause of death. Locals immediately buried the dolphin in Barangay Saud after the extraction of samples.
“The dead dolphin had empty stomach and looked like heavily distressed and distracted,” Valenzuela said.
She said the dolphins might have been distressed from dynamite fishing which remains rampant on Ilocos shores.
She added the smaller dolphin is closely monitored by barangay officials and the volunteers from the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network-Ilocos Norte chapter.
The Spinner Dolphin, which is sometimes referred as “long-snouted dolphin” is found in off-shore tropical waters around the world.
The dolphin is famous for its acrobatic displays by spinning along its longitudinal axis as it leaps through the air.
Source: Philippine Information Agency