A fishermen hauled in an 18 foot Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) netted in the waters off Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City this morning. Megamouths are very rare deep water sharks with only 56 specimens reported worldwide 10 of which are from the Philippines.

Fishermen haul a large fish netted in waters off Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City as residents look on. The fish was already dead when the fishermen brought it to shore at around 8 a.m. Monday morning. (Photo by Joey Yecyec, ABS-CBN News Regional)

Sources: ABS-CBNnews.com Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook, and Immanuel Adecer Haguisan Facebook

A dead female Dugong (Dugong dugon) was found on the shores of Barangay Zone I, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur yesterday. The animal could have been a casualty of fishing nets in the area. The animal was buried according to reports. Dugongs in the Philippines are critically endangered and protected under the Wildlife Act.

Source: Jay Cinchez Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Spotted Box Crab (Calappa philargius)
East Coast Park, 7th December 2013

This dead Spotted Box Crab was found by Hazri Boey.

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Ironhide, the Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) was unfortunately dead upon arrival. At 2 am in the morning we were alerted by the police about a python on the roads. Thanks to the member of public who reported to the police out of her concern for the snake, and waited until we arrived. Our hearts sank upon arrival, and we only hope that this sends a message requesting all drivers to watch out, while driving at night.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook