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 beached Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) was found in Ilocos Norte on November 29, 2014. This is the 13th marine mammal stranding in the area this year. Photos by Arthur Valente.

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

Philippines: Dolphin dies moments after it beached off Ilocos Norte shores

By Freddie G. Lazaro, 17th November 2014;

A Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) died few hours after being rescued by local fishermen off the shore of Barangay Maglaoi here last Friday.

Ilocos Norte’s Provincial Fishery Regulatory Coordinator Arthur Valente said the dolphin died due to its alleged exposure to sunlight while residents tried to get it back to the water.

The dolphin’s body, which had scratch wounds, measured 1.84 meters length with approximate weight of 60 kilograms.

Valented earlier said the dolphin was very weak and needed to recover its strength before it could return to sea.

Valente said that a high tide ushered the dolphin to the beach shores but failed to get back to the water when low tide occurred.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

Philippines: Dolphin dies moments after it beached off Ilocos Norte shores

Philippines: Dolphin dies after washing ashore in Ilocos Norte

By Joel Locsin, 15th November 2014;

A dolphin perished after being washed ashore at Currimao town in Ilocos Norte province Friday night.

The dolphin measured nearly two meters long and weighed about 60 kilos, according to a report on GMA News TV’s “News TV Live.”

Citing information from the provincial fishery and regulatory coordinator, the report said the dolphin washed ashore at high tide and failed to get back in the water as the tide fell.

Residents tried to get it to the water but it died from exposure to the sun.

Source: GMA News Online

This individual has been identified as a Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) by the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Philippines: Dolphin dies after washing ashore in Ilocos Norte

Philippines: Dolphin dies after rescue off Ilocos Norte

By Freddie G. Lazaro, 8th November 2014;

A wounded Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) died a few minutes after it was rescued by local fishermen along the shoreline of Sitio Tabortit, Barangay San Lorenzo, Bangui, Ilocos Norte Wednesday afternoon.

Ilocos Norte Fishery Regulatory Coordinator Arthur Valente confirmed Saturday that the cause of death of the stranded dolphin was predation and starvation.

“The endangered dolphin had three bite injuries traced at its back near its dorsal fin and its genital area that might be inflicted by a shark,” he said.

In the necropsy examination, he disclosed that the dophin’s internal organs were normal. However, it had an empty stomach.

He said the Fraser’s Dolphin could have been a juvenile since it was 144 centimeters long and weighed about 25 kilograms.

Fraser’s Dolphins usually measure about one meter long and weigh 20 kilograms at birth, growing to 2.75 meters and weighing 200 kilograms.

“The prevalence of dolphins along the shorelines in the extreme northern portion of Ilocos Norte has been observed because the coastal area is considered a hot spot or one of the favorite areas where marine mammals seek shelter,” he added.

The latest stranding of dolphins in Ilocos Norte shorlines was the 11th incident from January to November 5 this year.

He said the cadaver of the dolphin was immediately buried in the coastal area of Bangui after it was examined.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Dolphin dies after rescue off Ilocos Norte

A Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) was found beached in Navotas, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte last night. PMMSN volunteers from the PAO and PVO responded to the strander. This is the 11th stranding event in the province this year alone.

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

The dolphin found dead on the shore of Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Photo from Arthur Valente

Philippines: Dolphin carcass found on shore of Ilocos town
By Leilanie Adriano, 17th August 2014;

A Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) was found dead on the beach of a fishing village in Paoay town on Friday, and initial examination suggested it may have died from acoustic trauma and hunger.

The municipal agriculture office here said the Risso’s Dolphin, one of the larger members of the dolphin family, grows up to 3 meters long and can weigh 270 kilograms.

“The dolphin was thin and had wounds in various parts of its body. Like previous cases [involving beached marine animals], the dolphin may have died due to acoustic trauma and hunger,” said Arthur Valente, provincial fisheries regulation officer of Ilocos Norte.

Valente was referring to hearing loss or injuries induced by loud noise which the dolphin may have suffered as they neared human habitats.

He said experts are undertaking necropsy analysis of samples taken from the dolphin’s carcass.

The dolphin, which was decomposing, was immediately buried.

Last week, a Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) measuring 1.73 meters long and weighing 37 kg was found dead on the shoreline of Pasuquin town.

In May, a butchered whale was found along the shoreline of Maglaoi Sur in neighboring Currimao town.

The provincial fishery office has recorded 11 cases of marine animal stranding from January to August this year.

Valente said marine animals get stranded when they flee fisherfolk who hunt them or when they get sick as a result of polluted environment. These animals also get stranded when they try to flee bad weather.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer