A 12m decomposing Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) stranded in Dampay, Candelaria, Zambales last 20 February. The carcass was divided into pieces for it to be towed to shore for proper burial.

Corrected information based on a BFAR Region 3 report. Thanks!

Old post: The dead Humpback Whale that stranded in Candelaria, Zambales last 20 February was systematically sliced up, like for slaughter, yet the rest of the carcass remained unused. If anyone can shed light on this incident, do PM us with more information or leave a comment below.

Source: Patricia Malay Kho Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

The unidentified Whale that stranded in Candelaria, Zambales last Saturday turns out to be a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Although already dead, the finding is significant as it is a first record for the area. Thanks to A. Machel for sharing pictures with Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Sad news. Last Saturday morning, a dead Humpback Whale was found floating along the coast of Candelaria, Zambales. With the Humpback Whale migration currently underway in the northern Philippines, it is concerning to hear this. Any additional information and photographs will be greatly appreciated.

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Philippines: Dead Whale found in Zambales waters

By Allan Macatuno, 21st February 2016;

A dead Whale was found in the waters off the coastal town of Candelaria in Zambales province on Saturday morning, local police said.

Residents of Barangay (village) Dampay discovered the carcass of the Whale floating some 100 kilometers from the coastline at 9 a.m., said SPO4 Tomas Mejos, team leader of a unit deployed by the Candelaria Police Station.

“The Whale was about the size of a minibus,” Mejos said in a telephone interview.

The species of the Whale has yet to be identified, Mejos added.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon has sent a team to determine the cause of the Whale’s death, said Nelson Bien, chief of the agency’s fisheries resources and management division.

As of 1 p.m., residents were still towing the animal to the shore, Mejos added.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The carcass has been identified as a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Philippines: Dead Whale found in Zambales waters

Doctors Jeneveve Suliva and Diane Licuan of the Provincial Veterinary Office inspect the dead calf humpback whale at Sitio Aprot, Barangay Caparispisan in Pagudpud on February 16, 2015. (Photo by Arthur Valente)

Philippines: Humpback Whale found dead in Pagudpud
By Leilane G. Adriano;

A stranded male calf Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was found floating on surf above the sea grass area at Sitio Aprot, Barangay Caparispisan here, a report from the Provincial Agriculture Office said on Feb. 16.

In a letter addressed to Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos on February 16, provincial agriculturist Norma Lagmay said the dead calf, measuring 5.87 meters long was believed to be the same
whale seen by foreign tourists surfing off Terra Rica resort in Saud Beach on February 9, 2015.

This is the first marine mammal stranding in the year 2015 in the province, according to Arthur Valente, provincial fishery regulatory officer in Ilocos Norte.

Upon inspection of the dead whale on Monday, Mr. Valente said that it was already on advanced stage of decomposition.

“It was bloated, peeling skin, with four big circular wounds situated at the ventral and side regions above, and about 30 cm on the right and left side and back of genitalia. The wounds and cuts were suspected to be shark bites and/or caused by sharp object,” Mr. Valente said based on post mortem analysis.

He added there was no trace of human interaction such as netting or direct fishery observed in the body.

The said calf was earlier spotted near Burayoc point,
a distinct navigational reference for seafarers.

According to Pepito Morata, Pagudpud municipal environment officer the humpback whale was spotted by foreign tourists in front of the Terra Rika and Apo Idon beach resort at about 3:40 pm on February 9.

Several snapshots of the marine animal taken by the tourists themselves were already posted on Facebook while the same photos were also sent to Mr. Morata for confirmation.

According to Mr. Valente, humpback whales travel as one family. They usually migrate from the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean to a warmer place like Pagudpud.

Source: Ilocos Times

A decomposing carcass of a young humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was found in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte earlier today. The PMMSN Region 1 team went to the stranding site to examine and dispose of the carcass.

Source: Friends of PMMSN – Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network

A probable Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) stranding was reported yesterday (April 13) in Barangay Cozo, Casiguran, Aurora. These photos are from the Office of the Mayor, Municipal Agriculturist and PNP.

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