Just a calf, this Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia sima) stranded last Saturday at Masaling, Cauayan (about 20km away from Danjugan Island). He had a shark bite, and other wounds possibly from coral or rocks when he beached. We responded upon request of a friend from BFAR, with the help of marine mammal stranding consultants Ari, Bianca and Kaila on the phone. My friends John and Len spent hours on the water with me, as we tried to help the whale swim back to sea. He was able to swim away Saturday night, but got back to shore at noon the next day and we rushed again to the site. He was fighting to survive but eventually lost. Our hearts go with Jafi; we named him because we feel we’ve emotionally connected to him. Now that I’m typing a report about it, I couldn’t help but remember how we were once whispering to Jafi that everything’s going to be alright.

Source: Dave Albao Instagram

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