Photos: Bong De Castro Gutierrez

A rough-toothed dolphin also stranded in Palauig, Zambales last January 18, 2017. It was thin, weak, and had marks of shark bites. The local government units and agencies responded to the stranding but it died shortly after it was found.

Many thanks to the efforts of the staff and personnel of Provincial Fisheries Office of Zambales, Municipal Agriculture Office of Palauig, Mayor Billy Aceron, Cong. Cherryl Deloso-Manatalla, and Gov Amor Deloso.

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

Late post… A female Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) (?) stranded at Igacos in the Island Garden City of Samal last January 2, 2017. The City Agriculture Office of Samal and Philippine Coast Guard responded to the event. Unfortunately, the animal died a few hours later. BFAR region 11 conducted the necropsy.

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

Some of the discussion on the Facebook post suggests that this might be a Long-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis tropicalis).

Foreign objects were found in the digestive system of the juvenile Sperm Whale.
Photo: Dean Ortiz

Philippines: Plastics kill marine life, BFAR warns
By Juliet C. Revita, 3rd January 2017;

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Davao has again reminded the public to refrain from throwing their waste in the water as it causes serious risks on marine mammals and aquatic ecosystem.

BFAR-Davao Regional Director Fatma Idris warned the people residing in coastal areas to dispose their garbage properly and observe solid waste management to avoid causing harm on marine species.

Just before the holidays, a 38-foot juvenile Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) beached and died at the Island Garden City of Samal. Its innards showed plastic garbage, which could’ve caused its death as it could not digest nor excrete such substances.

In the necropsy report, Idris said found inside the Whale’s stomach were cellophane bags, fish nets and hooks, a piece of coconut lumber with nail, pieces of ropes, cut pieces of steel wires, and many other plastic debris.

“That causes distress or discomfort doon sa (to the) Whale hanggang sa siya ay napadpad doon po sa coastline ng Babak at doon siya namatay (until it reached the coastline of Babak and died there),” Idris said.

The BFAR encourages mangrove planting that would help in filtering the waste in the sea and prevent the waste from going through the sea that might put the other marine resource at risk.

The bureau also discourages community from throwing their waste in the water as it can be absorb by the marine mammals.

“At the same time ’yong paglilinis ng mga community. We should be responsible enough from throwing plastics or any form sa dagat,” Idris said.

Idris added under Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, littering is an offense.

The violators can be fined from P300 to P1,000. They would also be asked to render community service and be required to pay a fine or both.

She also emphasized that it’s the Department of Interior Local Government who is the lead agency in implementing this while BFAR, Philippine Coast Guard and maritime groups are only the partner agencies.

The body of the Whale was already buried and will be excavated after a year to extract its bones, which will be displayed at Island Garden of City of Samal (Igacos) museum.

It’s not just marine mammals that can die from plastic garbage. In several occasions, necropsied marine Turtles are found with their digestive system filled with plastics.

Source: Sun.Star

Philippines: Beached Sperm Whale in Davao killed by garbage
By Timothy James Dimacali, 20th December 2016;

A Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) that washed ashore in Davao del Norte last weekend was found to have died from ingesting human garbage, according to a report on GMA News To Go.

Sperm Whales are listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The 38.8-foot (11.8-meter) long creature, about the size of a transit bus, was killed by just an armload full of plastic trash that had choked up its digestive system.

The Whale was reportedly found by locals last Saturday, December 17. It was subsequently autopsied by Darrell Blatchley of the local D’ Bone Collector Museum.

The grueling 28-hour autopsy found plastic trash and fishing nets in the animal’s guts.

“(That’s) all it takes to kill a Whale,” Darrell said on his Facebook page.

“Some call them monsters of the deep. The monster is the person who killed it by being lazy and tossing their trash in the ocean,” he added.

Blatchley founded the D’ Bone Collector museum in 2012 to help raise public awareness of the need for wildlife protection and conservation.

Source: GMA News Online

Photos: D’ Bone Collector Museum

Philippines: Plastic kills sperm whale in Davao
By Rodirey Salas, 20th December 2016;

A Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) found along the shores of Samal died after ingesting plastic materials, experts said Monday.

The juvenile male Sperm Whale was found dead in a coastal area in Barangay Miranda early Saturday morning.

Foreign objects, including cellophane, wires, ropes, fishnets, and hardwood, were found inside the Sperm Whale’s stomach and intestines, officials from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.

The Sperm Whale’s bones will be preserved and displayed by the Bone Collector Museum, officials said.

Most of the Dolphins and Whales preserved by The Bone Collector Museum died due to human intervention and waste materials, Bone Collector Museum president Darrell Blatchey said.

“Only four out of 53 (Whales and Dolphins) we have recovered died due to natural causes,” he said.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Residents gather around a 38-foot juvenile Sperm Whale, which washed ashore on Samal Island in Davao del Norte over the weekend. A Bureau of Fisheries necropsy report said the Whale died from ingesting toxic materials, many of which were found in the mammal’s stomach such as plastic products, fish hooks, rope and steel wires.
Photos: Dean Ortiz

Philippines: BFAR: Plastic, steel wires killed whale in Samal
By Edith Regalado, 20th December 2016;

Garbage and toxins were found inside the stomach of a 38-foot juvenile Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) that was beached offshore in the Island Garden City of Samal over the weekend.

A backhoe had to be used to pull its carcass to the shore of Barangay Miranda, Babak district.

Based on experts’ estimate, the Whale may possibly have been seven years old or more.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said in its necropsy report that various toxic foreign contents were found inside the stomach of the distressed mammal such as plastic, fish net and hooks, a piece of hard wood with nail, rope and steel wire – all ultimately causing its premature death.

It added that the Whale’s stomach also contained fish eyes, fish bones and cartilage, different sizes of squid beaks and numerous stomach worms.

Darrell Dean Blatchley, cetacean expert and proprietor of D’ Bone Collector Museum, said the cause of death must have been internal due to the lack of evident physical injuries.

He added that the Davao Gulf is host to at least 18 of 27 species of Whales seen in the country.

Blatchley’s museum actually houses 53 of the total 58 Whale skeletons that he has preserved through the years.

“Among the 53 Whales and Dolphins recovered in the last seven years in Davao Gulf, only four died due to natural causes. The rest of them died because of plastic waste, were caught by nets or killed through dynamite fishing or were unable to feed in the sea. A majority of them died because of humans,” Blatchley said.

The dead Whale had to be deboned and transported to a sanitary landfill where its remains will be buried./p>

DNA samples were taken from the Whale and turned over to the BFAR for further study by experts, while the skeleton will be brought to a museum in Davao for cleaning and processing.

“Then it will be sent back to Samal where it will be placed in an education center so people will have a view of the kind of animals they could encounter around Samal and the Davao Gulf,” Blatchley said.

He added that it would also teach people of the need to “take care of our environment.”

The preserved remains of the Whale will be the largest on display in the country, he also said.

Source: The Philippine Star

28 hours after blade touched blubber we are done. A 38.8 ft male Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) died because of plastic. Some call them monsters of the deep. The monster is the person who killed it by being lazy and tossing their trash in the ocean.

Source: Darrell Blatchley Facebook