A dead Balaenopterid whale (possibly Omura’s Whale) (Balaenoptera omurai) stranded this morning in Buenavista, Guimaras.
Updated report: It “was trapped in a fishing net, approximately 700 meters away from the coastline of Barangay Sawang, Buenavista, Guimaras at around 3:00 AM of January 25, 2017 by a Barangay Kagawad of the said Barangay. It measures 4.35 meters long and 0.99 meters wide. According to the coastguard who assisted in the retrieval of the dead species, a fishing net and rope were found inside its mouth which perhaps resulted to its death.”
A discussion on another post about this carcass suggested that it could have been an Omura’s Whale, but the general consensus is that this is more likely to be a Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni).
The taxonomy of the Bryde’s Whale is still far from settled; what we call the Bryde’s Whale has been split into two subspecies or even distinct species by some authorities: the true Bryde’s Whale, a larger species found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide (Balaenoptera brydei), and the Eden’s Whale, a smaller form that may be restricted to coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific (Balaenoptera edeni). Both species(?) have been recorded from tropical waters of Southeast Asia.