A marine mammal that looks to be a Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) stranded on a beach of Barangay Mabay, Maitum this morning. It was well responded to by MENRO Maitum and the community. Latest update is that the animal swam away to Barangay Kalaong after release attempt.

Photos: Adella Jarabe Caasi

Source: Jopy Caneda, on Sarangani Wildlife Protection and Rescue Team Network Facebook Group

A Pygmy Sperm Whale stranded in Barangay Mabay, Maitum, Sarangani province this morning. It was successfully released back to sea by the responders.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photos: Joy Lanzon Estrada

A 3.3 meter Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) (to be confirmed) stranded yesterday afternoon in Libjo, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Sur. First responders are currently attending to the animal while the veterinary team of BFAR 13 are not yet on site.

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

Philippines: Pygmy Sperm Whale rescued in La Union
By William Jun Garcia, 3rd October 2016;

A 6.5-foot long baby Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) was rescued over the weekend by the La Union Rescue Team, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the City Fisheries and Aquatic Management Council (CFARMC) from coastal area in Carlatan Village in his city.

The Whale, which weighed 1,000 kilograms, had swum toward the shore and was discovered by a local fisherman who lives nearby.

According to Dr. Chris Apilado, a CFARMC veterinarian, the Whale bore two deep cuts, one near an eye and the other on the tail.

“Maybe it was caught and was being fished out from the water by handy fishing hook but it was able to wiggle out,” Apilado said, who closely examined the injuries while the Whale was still floating in the water.

Vanessa Bonitalla said her fisherman husband, Ding Carpio, saw the mammal at about 4 a.m., Friday, as soon as he woke up.

They rushed to the sea and were surprised to see an injured “Dolphin” and tried to push it farther into the sea but it could not move, so they called for help from village guards.

Sally Gacayan, a BFAR staff, said the Pygmy Sperm Whale would be brought to the BFAR custodial quarters in Casantaan village in Santo Tomas, La Union.

Gacayan said they would try to keep the mammal alive by first treating its wounds until it is strong enough to be released into the sea.

A vehicle from the La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council transported the injured Whale, which was placed in a rubber boat filled with sea water.

The Pygmy Sperm Whale is one of the several aquatic species that is endangered.

It was the second stranded whale found in the coastal area.

In October 2014, a 12-ton, 20-foot long giant Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) died while it was being rescued by a backhoe and burly men at the nearby village of Lingsat Marine Sanctuary.

It was eventually buried in the village.

Source: The Manila Times

Philippines: Fishers rescue baby Whale
By Dexter A. See, 3rd October 2016;

A weak female baby Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) was found yesterday morning at the shoreline of Barangay Carlatan here with injuries on her tail and left eye.

Dr. Christopher Apilado of the city veterinary office, said the 6.5-feet-long Whale weighed around 100 kilos and had a body circumference of 45 inches.

It was found by residents at 4:00 a.m. Friday.

The Whale was brought to the facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Sto. Tomas, La Union by members of the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council and the bureau.

Apilado said the Whale, which was about a year old, probably strayed from her mother.

“It looks like it was disturbed by fishermen who attempted to catch it as shown by the wounds caused by pointed object,” he said.

Source: The Standard

Philippines: Baby Whale rescued in La Union
By Jun Elias, 1st October 2016;

A female baby Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps), more than six feet long with 45 inches body circumference and weighing at least 1000 kilos, was found stranded yesterday morning at the shoreline of Barangay Carlatan here.

Christopher Apilado, of the city veterinary office, said the Whale, estimated to be a year old, might have strayed from her mother and could have been waylaid by fishermen as indicated by injuries on her tail and left eye caused by a pointed object.

The Whale was brought for treatment at the facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Sto. Tomas town by joint personnel of the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council and BFAR.

Source: Northbound Philippines News Online

A young Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) stranded in Lupon, Davao Oriental yesteday, April 17. The animal was released but it restranded. Supportive care was provided to the animal until it regained its strength. It was deemed fit enough and released on the same day by PMMSN team in Davao composed of BFAR XI FLEU, Bantay Dagat, LGU of Lupon, and MFARMC. Monitoring of the coast is being done in case this animal restrands.

Image by: BFAR XI Fishery Law Enforcement Unit

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

A Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) that stranded in Sariaya, Quezon last February 13 was refloated and released by the Sariaya Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council.

Source: Peewee Hero Bacuño Facebook, via Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Facebook