Photo: Dr. Samantha Licudine

The rescued Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) that stranded in Dasol, Pangasinan last Friday is doing better. She is now eating and is swimming around the rehab pool. Her buoyancy, however, is still not back to normal. PMMSN 1 headed by the team from BFAR region 1 is providing this animal the necessary medications and round-the-clock care.

Source: Friends of PMMSN – Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Facebook

Tenpounder (Elops sp.)
Chek Jawa, 7th May 2016

This Tenpounder was one of many fishes found entangled in an illegal driftnet that had been laid across the lagoon at Chek Jawa. These photos were taken in the midst of clearing the net and removing all the fishes (both alive and dead) and other marine creatures trapped in it.

Two species of Tenpounder are believed to be present in Southeast Asian waters:

Indo-Pacific Tenpounder (Elops machnata)

Hawaiian Ladyfish or Giant Herring (Elops hawaiensis)