Philippines: Young Dolphin tangled in anchor line dies
By Roxanne Arevalo, 21st April 2017;

A young Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) died after its tail was entangled in an anchor line about 30 kilometers off Barangay Camague in Iligan.

Fisherman Tito Dimco said the Dolphin was playing near their fishing boat at midnight and got its tail caught in the anchor’s rope.

The Dolphin dragged the small seacraft as it swam around in an effort to free itself.

Dimco sailed back to shore at 6 a.m. with the weak Dolphin still tied to the rope.

It eventually died.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said the fishermen could’ve cut the rope but the Dolphin would still be tied down to the heavy anchor.

The Dolphin weighed 200 kilos and was eight feet long.

The City Agriculture Office estimated the Dolphin to have been two or three years old.

Source: ABS-CBN News

The cetacean in this incident has been misidentified; it’s a Risso’s Dolphin, not a Melon-headed Whale.

A Dolphin that washed ashore in Ilocos Norte died on Monday

Philippines: Dolphin with shark bites dies in Ilocos Norte
By Dennis Agcaoili, 7th November 2016;

A Dolphin that washed ashore in Barangay San Lorenzo, Bangui, Ilocos Norte died on Monday.

The Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus), measuring 2.6 meters in length and weighing 150 kg, was found to have injuries on its body last Saturday.

Provincial regulatory fishery officer Arthur Valente said the Dolphin’s body showed evidence of shark bites and cuts caused by rocks.

Authorities were closely monitoring the Dolphin’s condition because it displayed no signs of buoyancy and was very weak.

The Dolphin was supposed to be released as soon as it reached a stable condition. It died Monday morning.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Photos: Dr. Marco Espiritu

An adult female Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) found beached in Mabacong, Batangas City. Necropsy was done by BFAR 4A veterinatian Dr. Marco Espiritu and the Office of the City Veterinary and Agriculture Services led by Rommel Credo.

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

A dead Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) stranded in Zone 3, Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City last 6 August.

Source: Aksyonradyo Iloilo Facebook Group, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

MORPHOMETRY AND NECROPSY RESULT: 2.6m, 250-300kg. adult female Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) beached in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur on Aug 1, 2015. Inflamed lymph nodes near ear area, an indication of having an infection. Ear bones still intact and presumed on normal condition, previous hypothesis of acoustic trauma from blast fishing can not be ascertained. Digestive system totally empty without ulceration or parasites. The animal might not have eaten for the past days and might have suffered from hunger and dehydration. No indication of drowning while stranded. Mammary glands still producing milk, an indication that the dolphin is lactating. Was hypothesised that the calf that stranded in Barangay Aldavoc, Tagkawayan, Quezon is its offspring. The calf however was not seen since its successful release by LGU Tagkawayan team. Necropsy process covered by ABS-CBN Bicol in BFAR 5 while on-site response was covered by GMA News in Santa Rita Island Resort in Del Gallego. Necropsy conducted by Doc Evelyn Saberon, BFAR 5’s resident veterinarian. Bones will be exhumed few months later for display in Santa Rita Island Resort.

Source: Nonus Evolvus Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A group of students keeping the dolphin surrounded with water near the university

Malaysia: Dolphin found stranded in Likas Bay
By Stephanie Lee, 19th March 2015;

A team of biologists are frantically trying to save a stranded dolphin that was found in shallow waters near Likas Bay not far from here.

Villagers found the dolphin, measuring three metres and believed to be a female, at a reef area barely able to move at about 5.30am on Thursday.

They called the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Marine Research Unit and the Wildlife Department for help.

UMS staff and students transferred the dolphin using a boat and placed it in waters within the varsity compound for observation.

Lecturer Dr John Madin from the Marine Research said the dolphin was in a weak condition.

Students of UMS are helping to keep the dolphin alive with a veterinarian from the wildlife department.

Source: The Star

The dolphin has been identified in other news sources as a Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus).

Beached Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) found at Barangay Chanarian Beach, Basco, Batanes today. The PMMSN-Batanes Chapter (BFAR MCS,DENR, PAO & PVO Batanes) led by Dr. Alber Tabile and Dr. Gillmour Cruz of the PVO conducted the necropsy and disposal of the animal.

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