1. This is the deepest of two gash injuries suffered by the Turtle. This cut went through the shell, skin, fat and muscle.
  2. Here, you can see both gashes quite clearly. The gash on the left seems to have only pierced the shell, while the one on the right is much deeper, and could prove fatal.
  3. A full shot of our patient.
  4. The Turtle was having trouble breathing, which was a great cause for concern.
  5. You can see how deep is the cut into the Turtle, as it cut through a significant depth into its shoulder muscles.
  6. This is not the typical Field Dress uniform, but as CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA was in-transit at the time he received the assistance call, between two events (both requiring Service Blue-Alpha), we understand. — with Randall Parker.
  7. One of the Wildlife Sanctuary personnel evaluates the Turtle’s injuries.

Today was another busy day for the 609th Squadron.

In between attending the Oath Taking & Governance Take Over Ceremony For the Municipality of Malay, and while traveling to the 609.1 Division Meeting, DDAS-Operations CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA received an urgent text message from DENR regarding an endangered “Pawikan (Sea Turtle) with a fatal wound on its carapace (shell).”

This Turtle, with two deep gashes to its shell, was discovered in the Station Three area of Boracay by the crew of one of the local activities boats, who had seen it struggling (Apparently, based on its injuries, it was the victim of a run-in with a speed boat). The crew gave the injured Turtle to PNP officers at the outpost located in front of Nagisa Coffee Shop.

Said officers contacted BTAC who, in turn, contacted DENR-Kalibo. Their marine officer happened to be in Boracay already, and he contacted CDR PARKER for assistance.

Upon meeting-up and examining the Turtle, both the DENR Official and CDR PARKER transported the injured animal to Boracay’s Wildlife Sanctuary for inspection and treatment.

While it was determined to be unlikely that the injured Turtle would survive, due to breathing difficulties and its severe injuries, personnel from Wildlife administered antibiotics, stabilized the shell, and stitched the Turtle’s injuries.

As of this time, the status of the Turtle is unknown to us, but we will update, if we hear anything.

If you encounter Sea Turtles, please be mindful of their endangered status. If you should find any of these animals in distress, please contact DENR, PCG, PCGA or PNP for assistance.

Thank you!

UPDATE: As of approximately 9:00am, this morning, we were informed by DENR that the Sea Turtle succombed to its injuries.

Source: Philippines Coast Guard Auxilliary Squadron 609 Boracay Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

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The rotting carcass of a male Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris measuring 89.6 centimetres in length was found in Bang Poo, Samut Prakarn.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

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Unfortunately, THIS VIDEO IS VERY DISTURBING… This week a juvenile Whale Shark was fatally injured by a boat propellor in Nusa Penida, Bali. This is incredibly sad news, however it highlights a very important issue. Unregulated marine tourism in Nusa Penida is having serious impacts on the marine environment. High speed watersports from mass tourism operators such as pontoons as well as boat traffic are not only dangerous in the area but are also damaging marine life.

This video was taken by tourists Marketa Olmerova & Oldrich Olmer at Buyuk, Nusa Penida on 25 July 2016.

Source: Lembongan Marine Association Facebook

A worker carries a Dolphin’s carcass for burial at the fish cemetery inside the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources compound in Dagupan City.
Photo: Willie Lomibao

Philippines: Trapped Dolphin dies, gets buried in Dagupan
By Gabriel Cardinoza, 2016;

A dead Bottlenose Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) was spared from being cut up to pieces and taken to a fish cemetery here instead.

The Dolphin died on Tuesday after it got caught in a fisherman’s net in the Lingayen Gulf.

The Dolphin, a female, was still alive but weak when a fisherman found it trapped in his net around 8:30 p.m., according to Bonuan Gueset village chair Ricardo Mejia.

The Dolphin was carried to shore where it died hours later.

Mejia said he took custody of the Dolphin when he learned that villagers want to butcher it. Butchering endangered animals is against the law.

Mejia said he turned over the dead Dolphin to the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) here, where it was buried in the fish cemetery.

Westly Rosario, NIFTDC chief, said the Dolphin had no signs of external injuries. But its snout was bleeding, an indication of internal injuries caused by blast fishing, Rosario said.

Earlier this month, Consuelo Perez, former Board of Investments governor, complained of unabated blast fishing in the Lingayen Gulf, which, she said, could be heard from her house in nearby San Fabian town.

This was the first reported Dolphin beaching here this year.

In January last year, at least 17 injured Bottlenose Fraser’s Dolphins (Lagenodelphis hosei) were found beached in the coastal areas of the Lingayen Gulf from Alaminos City in Pangasinan to Aringay town in La Union.

Rosario said Dolphins come to the Lingayen Gulf to look for flowing water whenever they are ill. He said the West Philippine Sea is a natural marine migration path and Dolphins usually swim by the gulf in search for food.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

If the photo shows the Dolphin involved in this incident, and isn’t that of a different Dolphin, then it’s likely to be a Spinner Dolphin instead of a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.). Similarly, photos indicate that the mass stranding of Dolphins in 2015 involved Fraser’s Dolphins, not Bottlenose Dolphins.

The rotting carcass of a female Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) was found on Von Napa Beach in Chonburi Province.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

To get to Wehea forest, PROFAUNA’s activists have to pass Kelay forest where carcasses of wild animals struck by palm oil trucks are a common sight. Often times our activists stopped and buried the remains to prevent people from taking advantage of the remaining body parts. So sad!

Source: ProFauna Facebook, via ProFauna Indonesia Facebook