Children look at the dead Dolphin found Tuesday morning off the shores of Dimasalang town in Masbate province.
Photo: PNP Dimasalang Masbate Facebook

Philippines: Dead Dolphin found floating off Masbate
By Suzene Cajegas, 3rd May 2017;

A lifeless Dolphin, locally called “lumba-lumba”, was found floating on sea near the shores of Dimasalang town in Masbate province early Tuesday, a police report said Wednesday.

The Dimasalang police received a call around 5:30 a.m. from an employee of the town’s local government unit regarding the two-meter long dead Dolphin that was found in Barangay (village) Canomay by Junal Alvarez, a resident in the village.

Municipal agriculturist Irish Cabrera and police recovered the dead Dolphin to collect information on its age, sex and variety of the species. The town officers have already coordinated with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Masbate to submit information on the recovery of the Dolphin.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

This Dolphin has apparently been identified as a Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata).

At about 5:47 in the morning of May 2, 2017 this office received a report thru phone call from Mr Rimus Bien-LGU employee that about 5:45 in the morning on the same date Mr Junal Alvarez resident of Brgy Canomay, this municipality found one dead body of Dolphin, locally known as Lumba-lumba floating going to the shoreline of Brgy. Canomay. Personnel of this station led by PO3 Misael T Cabrera HRDD PNCO, under the supervision of PSINSP ALVARO DC VENTABAL, OIC together with Mrs Irish B Cabrera-Municipal Agriculturist Officer of said place aided the recovery and burying of the found dead Dolphin. Said dDolphin was 2.24 meters long and 1.29 circumference. The recovery of found dead Dolphin was already coordinated with BFAR. Other information as the age, sex and variety of said Dolphin will be relayed as soon as obtained.

Source: Philippine National Police Dimasalang Masbate Facebook

This Dolphin has apparently been identified as a Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata).

Giant Sea Turtle found dead at the shoreline of San Fernando, Masbate. It is suspected to have been accidentally hit by a propeller of a large marine vessel passing through Ticao Pass. Thanks to my Office staff (Noel Bergantin and Ryan Lovendino), to MFARMC, Bantay Dagat and Amador Lino for their efforts in burying said marine specie.

Source: Municipal Agriculturist Facebook

An endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) was found dead in San Fernando, Masbate yesterday. “It is suspected to have been accidentally hit by a propeller of a large marine vessel passing through Ticao Pass.”

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Sharing a stranding report of what appears to be a False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens). The animal was reportedly found weak and wounded along the shores of Barangay Aguada, Cataingan in Masbate on the morning of the 23rd (Thursday). Despite efforts of locals the animal unfortunately died a few hours later. Thank you for sharing Kate.

Source: Balyena.org Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Philippines: Wounded Hawksbill Turtle treated, released back to sea

By Shiena M. Barrameda, 23rd February 2015;

A full-grown adult Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was caught tangled and injured in a fish pen in Masbate City Monday morning.

Victoria Cabug, barangay (village) captain of Cawayan Exterior in Masbate City, said the turtle was caught in the fish pen owned by Danilo Verano in her coastal barangay at 6:30 a.m.

She said the residents immediately reported the trapping to her.

Hawksbills, so named for their narrow, pointed beaks, are listed as critically endangered species by the World Wildlife Fund.

Cabug said they turned over the turtle to Masbate City Mayor Rowena Tuason who instructed the city agriculturist to give the animal the care it needed.

Masbate City’s agriculturist Tito Velsa and his team released the turtle in a private port in adjacent barangay Punta Nursery at 8:30 a.m. after it was treated for its injuries.

Velsa said the turtle sustained a small crack on the underside of its carapace. It weighed around 12 kilograms.

He said they applied an antibiotic wound spray on the turtle’s broken carapace.

Velsa said 80 percent of turtles accidentally caught in Masbate City’s coastal villages were Hawksbills.

Source: Inquirer Southern Luzon

Philippines: Wounded Hawksbill Turtle treated, released back to sea

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in Monreal, Masbate, proof that the waters of the said municipality provde a healthy habitat for different aquatic creatures. The Leatherback Turtle was brought to the LGU Monreal.

Source:
Anton Louie Gueta Facebook [1], [2]

A dead (Code 3) Leatherback Turtle was found in Monreal, Masbate.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook