Another Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) was found in Bontoc, Southern Leyte yesterday.

Source: Jekie Quirong Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

This photo posted by BFAR in its Facebook page shows rescuers treating the wounds of the female Whale that was stranded in the sea waters of Salcedo town in Eastern Samar. After the treatment and documentation, the mammal was released back to the sea on January 10, 2017.
Photo: BFAR

Philippines: Wounded Whale rescued in Eastern Samar
By Ricky J. Bautista, 13th January ;

A wounded Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) stranded in Salcedo town in Eastern Samar was rescued and returned back to sea, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office reported.

The BFAR said the local folk who discovered the Whale stranded in the seashore of Barangay Butig, Salcedo town around 9 a.m. of January 10 immediately alerted the authorities.

According to the first responders’ account, the Whale was seen swimming erratically near the shore of said village and was being followed by fishermen.

Sensing that the Whale might be in danger of being slaughtered, the unidentified concerned citizen sought help from Port Kennedy. Fearing the Whale will be killed and consumed, they brought the Whale on shore and called for assistance.

The rescuers said the Whale, measuring to about 2.5 meters in length and 1.25 girth at its fins, was very weak, stressed and had several contusions even in the eyes.

The BFAR team immediately treated the wounds. After four hours of treatment, the Whale was released back to sea, off Pearl Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

“The release was considered successful by the rescuers, as the whale was observed to be strong again and swim faster than it was found stranded,” said one of the BFAR personnel.

Source: Sun.Star

Stranded Whale Successfully Released!

BFAR 8 – A female Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) stranded last January 10 in Brgy. Butig, Salcedo, Eastern Samar was successfully released on the same day near the Pearl Island in Guiuan.

The residents of Barangay Butig, Salacedo through the LGU of Salcedo reported a mammal stranding incident in their vicinity. The stranding happened last January 10, 2017 at 9 in the morning. The residents immediately called for back-up and assistance.

According to the first responders, the Whale was seen swimming erratically near the shore of Brgy. Butig and was being followed by fishermen from Port Kennedy. Because of their fear that the Whale will be killed and consumed, they brought the whale on the shore and called for assistance.

Upon the arrival of the stranding team, the Whale was assessed for injuries and was measured. The whale was identified as Melon-headed Whale (dark body color and white lips) measuring 2.5 meters in length and 1.25 girth around its fins.

Initial assessment of the team is that the Whale was observed weak and stressed. Several wounds were seen on the Whale, all of the wound were round shaped and with white substance probably fungus. It was also observed that the left eye might be injured because it also has the white substance (fungus).

The stranding team applied povidone iodine to the wounds of the Whale as first aid, and after some time the Whale regained its strength. When the stranding team observed that it was stronger compared to its earlier condition, the Whale was brought to the deeper water near Pearl Island (N 11°04’04" E 125°39’41") for release.

At 12:30 PM the mammal was released to the sea. After the release the team followed the Whale for some time until it dived and was unseen by the stranding team. It was assumed as a successful release.

Credits to the owners of the photos and the source of information:

  • David N. Cosmiano Jr.
  • Jaime Salazar
  • Raul T. Bulan
  • Michael S. Gayoso
  • Mheljay D. Burlaza
  • Prudito Gacgacao
  • Roderick Benablo

Source: BFAR Region 8 Facebook

A dead Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) washed ashore in Abuyog, Leyte last 21 August.

Source: Armando Estrella-Ordiz Basco-Gaviola Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A dead pawikan or Sea Turtle was found in Tabunan, Almeria, Biliran.
Photos: Chai Chai Jaguros

Philippines: Dead giant Sea Turtle found in Biliran
17th August 2016;

A giant Sea Turtle was found dead in Barangay Tabunan, Almeria, Biliran around 10 am today.5 ft long and 2.6 ft wide. According to BFAR Almeria.

Cause of death not yet determined, but the elderly among the locals say the Turtle might have died of old age.

The Turtle was brought to town for BFAR autopsy procedures.

Source: Biliran Island, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

This appears to be a Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

A 2.7m Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) stranded in Onay beach, Doña Luisa, Laoang, Northern Samar today. Efforts to save the marine mammal failed and a post mortem analysis is now being performed by the Laoang Municipal Veterinarian. There seems to be other Dolphins stranded at the same time in Rawis, Laoang and Pambujan, Northern Samar, In total they reported: one death, two unaccounted, and three under observation.

Source: Dennis Arino Facebook and Shakur Montero Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A 3m long Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) was found in Lugsongan, Limasawa, Southern Leyte yesterday afternoon.

Source: Van Lacerna on Ibarra Blog Site, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines