Matatag was brought to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) center for treatment

Philippines: Philippine Eagle shot in Davao

By Ben O. Tesiorna, 24th February 2016;

Another Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was shot in Tambobong, Baguio District in Davao City on Sunday (February 21), just six months after Philippine Eagle Pamana died from gunshot wounds in Davao Oriental.

The recently shot Eagle named Matatag is still alive and was brought by a certain Tiborcio Solis to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) center on Monday (February 22).

Matatag is now recovering from his shattered right wing, PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador said.

It was learned that Matatag was released back in the wild just over a year ago.

The Eagle is said to be in the dispersal stage where it is independent of parental care and wanders until it reaches sexual maturity.

PEF to file case vs. suspect

Solis’ brother, Rolando, confessed to having shot Matatag. He surrendered to authorities in Baguio District, Davao City.

Salvador said they will file a case against the suspect.

Last August 2015, Pamana was shot and killed in San Isidro, Davao Oriental by an unidentified shooter.

The Philippine Eagle is already a critically-endangered species, with only an estimated 400 pairs left in the wild.

CORRECTION: Matatag was shot in Tambobong, Baguio District and not in Malagos as we initially reported.

Source: CNN Philippines

Philippines: Dead dolphin washed ashore in Jagna
By Angeline Valencia, 22nd January 2016;

A 2.2-meter dead Dolphin was found washed ashore in Barangay Pangdan, Jagna at around 9:30 a.m. on Friday (January 22).

Jagna Police Chief Insp. Almirante Bacayo immediately proceeded to the coastal barangay, together with PO1 Adolfo Madera Jr. and non-uniform personnel (NUP) Betsy Aceron upon receiving the report from concerned citizens in the area.

Bacayo coordinated with Roderick Virtudazo, fish technician of the local office of the Department of Agriculture, and Ronie Jamisola of the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC).

It was determined that the dead Dolphin is a Bottlenose Dolphin kind with the scientific name Delphinus delphis. (No it isn’t)

The responding officers measured its length at 2.2 meters and width at 37 centimeters.

It was also noted that the dead Dolphin had a wound near the dorsal fin with a dimension of three inches, which police believe was what caused the Dolphin’s death. The Dolphin was already dead when washed ashore.

According to the municipal chief of police, they will turn over the dead Dolphin to the Department of Agriculture, and will be buried later.

In November 2014, a wounded Bottlenose Dolphin was also found in Dauis.

The 2.5-meter Dolphin with girth of one meter was found by fishermen when washed ashore sitio Bagong Silang in Barangay Mayacabac, Dauis.

Bureau Of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) personnel believed the Dolphin was swiped by a motorized banca and tossed to the shallow portion of the seawaters.

It was returned to sea about 10 hours later.

Source: CNN Philippines

Based on the colour patterns, this is certainly a Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei). And the circular mark appears to have been made by a Cookiecutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis), which usually aren’t fatal.