Philippines: Stranded Sperm Whale dies on La Union shores

By Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha, 14th October 2014;

A giant Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) died from apparent injuries hours after it beached along the shores of Barangay Lingsat here on Monday, October 13.

Village officials and volunteers tried to save the wounded mammal moments after it was seen stranded by fishermen who were returning to shore.

Henry Canlas, aquaculture technician of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said the 9.5 meter-long whale was already weak from its wounds when they arrived on the scene.

“The whale’s body was covered with wounds and scratches (from sharp corals) where it was found stranded,” Canlas said.

Officials said the mammal bore cuts from shark bites and coral rocks which it sustained while trying to return to sea.

Canlas said the whale, which weighed 10 tons, could not return to sea after it beached because of its weight and injuries.

He said despite efforts to keep it alive, the mammal died at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

BFAR officials said the whale was mature as indicated by its length and teeth shape.

Authorities later buried the mammal near the shores. The provincial government provided two pay loaders to haul the whale’s carcass from the shore to its grave.

It was the second whale found dead in San Fernando city, next to a 2.74 meter-whale which also beached in Barangay Dalumpinas here in 2012.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

Philippines: Stranded Sperm Whale dies on La Union shores

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