Photos: Gary Cabinta, via Peewee Bacuño Twitter

Philippines: Dugong found dead on Sarangani beach
By , 17th October 2017;

A lifeless Dugong (Dugong dugon) or sea cow was found on the beach in Glan, Sarangani on Tuesday morning.

According to GMA News’ stringer Peewee Bacuño, the Dugong was spotted along a coastal area in Sitio Nacolil, Barangay Lago at 5 a.m.

In March this year, a dead Dugong was also found in the province.

Residents of Barangay Kayupo in Kiamba town spotted the sea mammal, which weighed more than 500 kilograms.

Source: GMA News Online

Another fish kill affects barangay residents in Negros Occidental

5th April 2017;

Another fish kill blighted Pontevedra in Negros Occidental over the weekend, a second in the town since the first in late February.

GMA News’ “Unang Balita” reported Wednesday that the second fish kill incident happened in a creek in Barangay Don Salvador Benedicto.

Last Saturday, barangay residents were surprised to see numerous dead fish floating in Tuburan Creek, GMA News stringer Erwin Nicavera said.

Residents immediately alerted local Fishery authorities to investigate the fish kill’s cause, noting that only last February the same incident occurred in a river traversing three other barangays in the town.

Bantay-Dagat members took water samples from the creek for laboratory test.

They noted that water analysis from the February fish kill have been delayed, and that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau has yet to determine the cause.

Local officials in Don Mariano Benedicto are monitoring the creek’s situation, saying that the number of dead fish has not increased since Tuesday.

Residents feared the fish kill would affect their livelihood, the report said.

Source: GMA News Online

Another fish kill affects barangay residents in Negros Occidental

Photos: Erwin Dumaguit Facebook

Philippines: Man-sized Guitarfish in Leyte dies after its fin was cut off
By TJ Dimacali, 13th March 2017;

A 10-foot-long (3-meter-long) Guitarfish (Rhinobatos Rhynchobatus) sp., known locally as “arado”) washed ashore in Dulag, Leyte, last weekend and may have been a victim of poaching.

According to a report on GMA News TV’s Unang Balita, the fish’s dorsal fin had been torn off, eventually leading to its death despite residents’ best efforts to return it to the sea.

The IUCN lists several species of Guitarfish as endangered due to overfishing for their prized dorsal fins, which are sought-after to make soup and medicine.

It was not clear as of press time whether the Guitarfish in Leyte was a victim of poaching or if it somehow lost its fin in an accident.

Closely related to Rays and Sharks, Guitarfish are bottom feeders that prey mostly on clams, worms, and other small animals on the sea floor.

Source: GMA News Online

The common name “Guitarfish” often refers to species from the family Rhinobatidae (Rhinobatus sp.) and Glaucostegidae (Glaucostegus sp.). The members of the family Rhinidae (or Rhynchobatidae) are typically known as Wedgefishes (Rhynchobatus sp.). Several species of Wedgefishes are known from the tropical Indo-Pacific; based on the external morphology seen in the photos, this is likely to be a White-spotted Wedgefish (Rhynchobatus australiae).

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

Photo: Annabel Aborquez Facebook

Philippines: Lake Buhi in state of calamity due to fish kill
By Erwin Colcol, 1st December 2016;

Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur has been declared a state of calamity due to massive fish kill, a television report said.

Citing local officials, GMA News’ Unang Balita reported Thursday morning that up to 1,000 fish cage owners have been affected by the fish kill.

Authorities said fish kill usually occurs after continuous rain for several days, adding that chemicals from fish feed also cause deaths of fish.

They said an estimated P500,000 in local revenue has been lost because of the fish kill.

Buhi government officials had met with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources experts and civilian volunteers to discuss ways to address the problem.

Source: GMA News Online

Philippines: Endangered Green Sea Turtle dies from plastic ingestion
23rd October 2016;

A Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) that ingested plastic garbage died Saturday in Davao City due to infection.

Citing an environmental NGO, GMA News stringer Peewee Bacuño said the sickly Sea Turtle was washed ashore on Friday in Davao City’s Barangay 78.

Fishermen brought it to the NGO office where the Turtle was examined.

Darrel Blatchley, the NGO’s president, said the Turtle grew weak after ingesting over 10 types of plastic materials floating in the sea.

Blatchley said the Green Turtle species in the Sea Turtle family is already endangered.

Source: GMA News Online

Philippines: Fish kill affects Lake Sebu

By Erwin Colcol, 6th October 2016;

An estimated 200 fish cages have reportedly been affected after a fish kill struck Lake Cebu in South Cotabato, an Unang Balita report said on Thursday.

Authorities said the sudden decrease of oxygen level in the lake, due to the shifting weather and temperature conditions, caused the fish kill.

Caretakers reportedly tried to collect some of the dead fish to make “tuyo” (dried fish).

Fish farm owners called for the local government’s support to help them recover from bankruptcy.

Lake Sebu is a natural lake within the Alah Valley region in the southwestern part of South Cotabato province.

Source: GMA News Online

Philippines: Fish kill affects Lake Sebu