12-TON LOSS — A female Sperm Whale lays dead on the shore of San Fernando City, La Union, last Monday. (Erwin G. Beleo)

Philippines: 12-ton whale dies on shore
By Erwin G. Beleo, 14th October 2014;

A female Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with a length of 10 meters (or twice the length of an L-300 van) and weighing 12 tons (the same as an average tourist bus) was found dead on the shore of Barangay Lingsat, this city, on Monday.

Officials from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) tried to revive the whale as villages and representatives from the City Fisheries Office tried in vain to push the sea mammal back into the sea.

“The sea creature did not survive due to its illness, infection from parasite bites, and further examinations like necropsies will be conducted to take samples before it’s buried near the sea,” Henry Canlas, BFAR officer-in-charge of fisheries associations, said.

It took at least three rescue teams, a payloader, two heavy vehicles, and fourd hours to get the whale’s carcass off the shore.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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