Photo: Dr. Jeneveve Sulliva, via Friends of PMMSN – Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Facebook

Philippines: Beached Pilot Whale rescued in Ilocos Norte
6th December 2017;

Authorities rescued a female Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) found beached in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.

At about 6:00 a.m., coastal residents in Salugan village tried to get near the stranded marine mammal but due to strong winds, it was drifted to the sandy shores of Barangay Victoria, in front of the Sitio Remedios Resort in Currimao town.

The locals reported the incident to concerned authorities, responders for endangered marine mammals in the province immediately proceeded to the area to rescue the stranded whale.

One of the responders, Provincial Fisheries and Regulatory Officer Arthur Valente, said in an interview that the endangered marine animal is now recovering. “She can now float while supportive care is being administered,” he said of the Whale.

Valente added that the responders are still doing their best to stabilize the stranded marine animal before they can release it back to the open sea.

Representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, local government units, village officials, Philippine Maritime, fisherfolk community and the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network based in the province are jointly conducting monitoring of the stranded Whale.

Based on initial assessment, Valente said the Pilot Whale appeared to be stressed and had bruises around the face.

Over the years, Ilocos Norte has been considered as one of the hot spots for stranded marine mammals, with a number of them successfully rehabilitated and released.

Source: PageOne.ph

Photos: Dr. Jeneveve Sulliva

A 3.85 m adult female Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) stranded in Gaang Bay, Currimao, Ilocos Norte this morning. The animal was released but restranded. PMMSN 1 lead by BFAR 1, LGU-Currimao, PVO and OPAG of Ilocos Norte, Brgy. VIctoria officials and fisherfolks are attending to the animal.

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

Update, 6th December 2017 16:43

We regret to inform everyone that this Pilot Whale died early this morning. Necropsy is currently being conducted by Dr. Jeneveve Suliva and her team from the PVO of Ilocos Norte.

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

Photos: Bong De Castro Gutierrez

A rough-toothed dolphin also stranded in Palauig, Zambales last January 18, 2017. It was thin, weak, and had marks of shark bites. The local government units and agencies responded to the stranding but it died shortly after it was found.

Many thanks to the efforts of the staff and personnel of Provincial Fisheries Office of Zambales, Municipal Agriculture Office of Palauig, Mayor Billy Aceron, Cong. Cherryl Deloso-Manatalla, and Gov Amor Deloso.

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

Late post… A female Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) (?) stranded at Igacos in the Island Garden City of Samal last January 2, 2017. The City Agriculture Office of Samal and Philippine Coast Guard responded to the event. Unfortunately, the animal died a few hours later. BFAR region 11 conducted the necropsy.

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

Some of the discussion on the Facebook post suggests that this might be a Long-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis tropicalis).

Photo: Dr. Christopher Luyong

An adult female Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia sima) stranded in Manicahan, Zamboanga City two days ago (November 21). This animal died a few hours later.

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

Photo: Dr. Jose Maria Alindongan

Two Pantropical Dolphin (Stenella attenuata, possibly a mother and calf, were found dead in a net (bycatch) by local fishermen in Poblacion Bacon, Bacon, Sorsogon. The incident was reported to the Provincial Agricultural Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, and City Veterinary Office of Sorsogon. No lesions were found in the animals upon necropsy.

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

Photos: Dr. Jenwit Wanich

As the participants of the Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SEAMMSN) gather during the symposium in Pattaya, Thailand, our friends at the PMBC rescued and are rehabilitating a stranded Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) in Phuket.

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