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 adult False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) stranded in Brgay Binuclutan, Botolan, Zambales last February 21. PMMSN region 3 team (BFAR 3, Zambales PAO, MAO, Bantay Dagat, Coast Guard, and barangay officials) stabilized the animal until it regained its buoyancy and strength yesterday late afternoon. The animal was released this morning. The team and the community are still monitoring the coast in case this animal restrands.

Source: Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Facebook

Philippines: Stranded False Killer Whale along Zambales shoreline released back to sea

23rd February 2016;

A wounded False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) that was stranded along the shoreline of Botolan town in Zambales last weekend was released back into the sea on Tuesday morning.

The 12-foot-long female False Killer Whale appeared “weak and traumatized” when the residents found it in Barangay (village) Porac on Sunday afternoon, said Dr. Liezel Monido, veterinary at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Cental Luzon.

“The Whale washed up on the shoreline because it lost its echolocation probably due to blast fishing,” Monido told the Inquirer by phone.

Echolocation refers to a special sense that allows Whales to navigate in turbid water and into the darkest depths of the sea.

Monido said the 500 kilogram Whale could have also been trapped in a fish net because of the net marks found on its body.

“The Whale also sustained small shark bites but these are all minor wounds,” Monido said.

Rescue workers from BFAR, the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and the local Bantay Dagat (Sea Watch) worked overnight to treat the Whale at a rehabilitation site in nearby Barangay Binoclutan, she said.

“The Whale has not completely lost its buoyancy and is now very healthy. Our Bantay Dagat volunteers escorted it as it was released back into the sea this morning,” Monido said.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines: Stranded False Killer Whale along Zambales shoreline released back to sea

Philippines: Another Whale stranded along Zambales shoreline

By Allan Macatuno, 22nd February 2016;

Another Whale was found stranded at the shoreline of Zambales province on Sunday (Feb. 21) afternoon, according to the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN).

A 12-foot-long False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) was washed up along the coastline of Barangay Porac in Botolan town about 5 p.m., said Lem Aragones, president of PMMSN.

“The Whale was weak and could not maintain its buoyancy when the villagers found it,” Aragones told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by telephone on Monday (Feb. 22).

Aragones said a team from the PMMSN was dispatched to the area to rehabilitate the stranded whale.

“As of this time, we can’t tell the prognosis since we have yet to take a blood sample from the whale,” Aragones said.

On Saturday (Feb. 20), a dead Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was found in the waters off the coastal town of Candeleria, Zambales.

Residents of Barangay Dampay discovered the carcass of the whale floating some 100 kilometers from the coastline at 9 a.m.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines: Another Whale stranded along Zambales shoreline

The baby whale that washed up dead on Kampung Sungai Labu shoreline Thursday morning.

Malaysia: Baby whale washes ashore near Kampung Sungaei Labu, Labuan
25th December 2015;

A dead look-alike baby Humpback Whale was washed ashore near the Kampung Sungai Labu shoreline Thursday morning.

Officials estimated the almost 20-foot whale to be over a year-old and had been dead when it was found lying on the beach.

Labuan Fisheries Department director Anuar Salam Sulaiman told Bernama the cause of the death was not clear and a report had been submitted to the fisheries headquarter in Putrajaya for a thorough investigation.

There were no signs of trauma, such as propeller marks. But the team from our headquarters will carry out investigations to find the cause of death.

Whether it was caught or trapped in a fishing net or hit by trawler, he said.

Anuar said during investigations, samples would be collected to determine its origin.

“It is tough to see. It is so young to die naturally. It is very surprising and very sad, he added.

Villagers found the whale at about 10am, which attracted many villagers to the beach and some even posed for pictures with the whale.

Anuar said the whale’s remains would be buried inland Friday at the Kampung Sungai Labu beach, away from the shoreline, so that it would not decompose quickly and give off unhealthy elements.

For the time being, while waiting for the autopsy and investigation teams to arrive, we must bury the whale. The remains will be exhumed for an autopsy later, he said.

Source: The Star

I’m not sure what the article means by "look-alike baby Humpback Whale” – after all, it looks nothing like a baleen whale. This is most likely one of the dolphins often known as ‘blackfish’; possibly a False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens), Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata), Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) or young Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus). It’s difficult to conclusively determine the identity of the carcass without more photos from other angles.

Sharing a stranding report of what appears to be a False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens). The animal was reportedly found weak and wounded along the shores of Barangay Aguada, Cataingan in Masbate on the morning of the 23rd (Thursday). Despite efforts of locals the animal unfortunately died a few hours later. Thank you for sharing Kate.

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

An approximately 4.5m dead False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) stranded in Tarragona, Davao Oriental yesterday.

Source: Birador Ng Bayan Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook