An Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) at Catwayan, Patnongon, Antique.

Source: Flord Calawag Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

6.5-foot Giant Oarfish found in Tibiao

A juvenile 6.5-foot Giant Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was found in Tiguis Beach, Tibiao, Antique on Tuesday (May 31, 2016). The Oarfish is considered as the longest bony fish in the world. The specimen will be donated to the UPV Museum of Natural Science in UPV Miagao for further study.

Source: Flord Calawag Facebook

A 2 meter long Oarfish was found at Tiguis Beach, Tibiao, Antique this morning.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

Philippines: Coast guard rescues a Sperm Whale in Antique
By Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce, 15th May 2016;

Coast guards rescued a Sperm Whale which was stranded at the shorelines of a village in Antique, over the weekend.

“A disoriented Sperm Whale was beached at the shorelines of Barangay Marina, San Jose, Antique around 9:30 a.m. yesterday,” the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) stated in a report which was posted on its website yesterday. It measures 546 centimeters in length, 76 centimeters in width and weighs 80 kilograms.

According to the PCG, Ronald Charlie Ledesma, 24, found the distressed mammal 10 meters from the shoreline. He immediately reported the incident to the Coast Guard Station (CGS) in San Jose de Buenavista.

The area was then cordoned-off by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources personnel and volunteer residents until the Coast Guard has successfully guided the Whale towards the deeper portion of the sea 150 meters off the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) premises.

The Sperm Whale eventually swam off to the ocean.

Source: Manila Bulletin

The photo shows a prominent dorsal fin and pointed flippers, features not found in Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus). If the size reported is accurate (although the weight given seems awfully low), it’s more likely that this was a Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) or False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens).

An Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) washed ashore in Barangay Fatima, Tobias Fornier, Antique last 6 March.

Source: Jonnah Vhie Shan Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Philippines: Tiger Shark beached in Antique births 30 pups
1st March 2016;

A Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) beached itself on the shores of Barangay Ipil in Antique province’s Barbaza town on Tuesday morning, birthed 30 pups, then died, GMA News stringer Peewee Bacuño reported.

Fishermen saw the beached and half-dead Shark, and were then surprised when it suddenly birthed a pup.

It was at this point that the Shark finally expired. However, the fishermen could see that there was something moving in its belly.

They cut the shark open, and found another 29 pups.

All the pups were released in the open the sea, while the Shark carcass was buried after it had been inspected by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Source: GMA News Online

More photos of a pregnant Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) that was washed ashore at Barangay Ipil, Barbaza, Antique.

Source: Sangerose Samillano Ogatis Facebook

More photos of a pregnant Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) that was washed ashore at Barangay Ipil, Barbaza, Antique.

Source: Reynante delos Reyes, shared by Bong Sta Romana Erfe on VISIT ANTIQUE Facebook (Photos have since been removed)