A dead Thresher Shark was accidentally caught by a fisherman in Barangay Bakhawan at around 2:00 a.m., January 8, 2017.

It was brought to the police station and then handed over to the MENRO.

Source: Municipal Environment and Natural Resources – LGU-Daanbantayan Facebook

A Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus) was accidentally caught by a fisherman in Barangay Bakhawan in Daanbantayan, Cebu yesterday.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus) was landed in Paypay, Daanbanatay, Cebu yesterday. Original post was deleted so we are reposting this picture for documentation.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus) caught off Boac, Marinduque last 20 February. Photo by JVictoria.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photos from Kaye Junice Lala Mercado Facebook

Philippines: Rare Megamouth Shark surfaces in Cagayan De Oro waters
By Joel Locsin, 23rd March 2015;

A 12-foot-long specimen of the very rare Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) was found dead off Barangay Bayabas in Cagayan de Oro City last weekend.

The shark got tangled in the net of fisherman Jojo Cabatuan last Saturday, GMA Northern Mindanao reported Monday.

Kung iiwan naming sa dagat, mangangamoy lang din yan. Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng Megamouth Shark sa 38 years ko bilang mangingisda,” said Cabatuan.

Local residents buried the shark, as shown in a photo by GMA Northern Mindanao’s Kaye Mercado.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said the Megamouth Shark is a deepwater-dwelling shark.

It said the shark found last Saturday measured 12 by 2 feet, and weighed about one ton.

BFAR experts theorized the shark may have been looking for food and got near the surface.

Meanwhile, some wounds were found on the shark’s body, which may have been caused by it getting tangled in the net.

Previous sighting off Albay

Last January, a Megamouth Shark measuring 15 feet died off Albay. Due to its rarity, the creature caused a sensation among locals and the scientific community alike.

The shark was believed to have died after it was trapped in a fishing net for several hours at Barangay Marigondon in Pio Duran town, GMA News stringer Michael Jaucian reported.

The Megamouth Shark is one of the rarest sharks, discovered only in 1975 and with just a handful of documented sightings since then.

Source: GMA News Online

Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) Photos from Joey Salceda Facebook

Philippines: Necropsy done on Megamouth Shark caught in Albay seas is a rare event – doctors
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo, 14th February 2015;

The necropsy or autopsy done on the dead huge Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) in the Albay Park and Wildlife by foreign veterinarians on Wednesday was a very rare event not only in the Philippines but also in the entire world – foreign and local doctors said.

The 15-footer male Megamouth Shark named “Toothless” was fished out in Burias Pass by Albay fishermen earlier and is the 66th Megamouth Shark found worldwide and the 15th in the country.

Dr. Aa Yaptinchay, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines director, said necropsy is a process of finding out the reason for the death of the shark and what they did was a rare move.

Lending hand to his group are foreign veterinarians headed by Dr. Alessandro Ponzo from the Large Marine Vertebrates, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Bicol, and Dr. Florencio Adonay, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Veterinary Office of Albay and Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by Arnold Embestro.

Adornay shared Yaptinchay’s remark on the event.

He said the necropsy done by the foreign veterinarians lasted up to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Yaptinchay said the documentation process on the shark is important because of the big role of the Philippines in the World Wildlife Marine Biodiversity.

This is in accordance with the National Plan of Action of the government being implemented by the BFAR.

It is estimated that there are 500 species of the sea mammal in the world, of which 200 are in the Philippines. (What on Earth is this sentence trying to say?)

Yaptinchay said that of the 66 Megamouth Sharks recorded throughout the world, 18 were found in Japan, 15 in the Philippines and there were also records in the United States.

Of these 15 found in the country, two appeared in Bicol – one in Donsol, Sorsogon, and the last one in Albay.

The Megamouth Shark is the rarest species in the world, weighing one ton with a life span of 100 years.

This male shark is at least 2.1 meters wide and with an estimated weight of 1,000 kilos, bigger than what has been recovered in Cagayan de Oro, which weighed 500 kilograms and was 18 feet long.

The foreign doctors lauded the Provincial Government of Albay under Governor Joey Sarte Salceda for its initiative in preserving the shark.

Today, the shark will be placed in an aquarium in the Albay Parks and Wildlife.

It will then be open for public viewing.

Adonay said the series of embalming of the shark will continue for it to last for 20 years inside the aquarium.

He said many media practitioners were around to cover the event, including a team from the Discovery Channel, an American global mass media and entertainment company based in Silver Springs, Maryland, which had earlier shown interest to film and witness the necropsy and preservation process of the deep-water shark.

Source: Bicol Today

Photo by Cathy Elan

Megamouth 66 preliminary finding: Toothless was a healthy, 4.41 meter, mature male Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios). His death was a consequence of being accidentally captured in a fishing net in the Burias Pass (Pio Duran, Albay) last 28 January.

The necropsy team was composed of veterinarians and assistants from Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines, Born to Be Wild, Albay Provincial Veterinary Office, BFAR Region 5, Pili, CamSur, and the Park and Wildlife Center in Legazpi City. The members of the necropsy team were all exhausted after almost 12 hours of work last 11 February, but happy to have completed the task. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Several veterinarians from Philippines and other countries prepare to conduct a necropsy on a Megamouth Shark at Albay Parks and Wildlife on February 11. The rare mammal was accidentally caught in a fisherman’s net in Barangay Marigondon, Pioduran Albay. Governor Joey Salceda said the shark will be preserved in a huge aquarium for further research in the future. Photo by Michael B. Jaucian

Philippines: Necropsy conducted on Megamouth Shark in Albay
By Joel Locsin, 12th February 2015;

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources this week conducted a necropsy on the Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) that died in Albay late last month.

BFAR officials said this aimed to determine what caused the shark’s death, GMA Bicol reported.

Veterinarians said the Megamouth Shark is worth studying as it is rare, and could contribute greatly to biodiversity research.

The Megamouth Shark was found at Barangay Marigondon in Pio Duran late last January. It is to be preserved at the Albay provincial government after the necropsy.

Last month, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Regional Emergency Stranding Response Team head Nonie Enolva said this Megamouth Shark is considered the 66th documented in the world and 15th in the Philippines.

Megamouth Shark is also considered an endangered species.

Source: GMA News Online

Why does the Philippines news media keep referring to sharks as mammals?