A carcass of a Sea Turtle, apparently found in San Fernando. This is a different carcass from the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) found at Barangay Canaoay. The photos of this badly decomposing carcass don’t show the head very clearly, but the edge of the carapace does not look serrated, nor do the scutes appear to be overlapping, suggesting that this was a Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

Source: Bombo Radyo La Union Facebook

Photo: BIAG – Barangay Information & Activities Group

Philippines: Dead Sea Turtle found in La Union
By Carmela Jimenez, 3rd November 2016;

The carcass of an adult Olive Ridley Sea Turtle was found floating along the shore of Barangay Canaoay, San Fernando City in La Union Tuesday afternoon.

According to Rolando Cunanan, he was about to take a bath at the beach when he saw the Turtle.

Pagpunta ko doon, gumanon ‘yung alon, nakita ko pawikan. Nakita ko ulo, sabi ko, patay na ‘to kako,” he said.

(When I went there, I saw the turtle. When I saw its head, I knew it’s dead.)

The Turtle weighed between 35 to 45 kilograms. It also had a wound on its head.

The residents believe that the Turtle got entangled in fishing gear. They later buried the dead Turtle.

On October 31, a male Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) was also washed up the shores in the same area. The residents tried to take it back to the water but it still died.

Based on the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Database collated and analyzed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) in the University of the Philippines Diliman, there were already 19 species of stranded cetaceans (Dolphins and Whales) recorded in Region 1.

Authorities told the public to handle marine mammals with caution. If in doubt, call authorities who have knowledge in rescuing stranded marine mammals.

Source: ABS-CBN News

The photo shared on the Barangay Information & Activities Group’s Facebook page, stated to be from Canaoay, shows that the one mentioned in the article is not an Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), but a Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).

Rescuers examine the carcass of a 9.5-meter female Sperm Whale which died last Monday after getting stranded along the shoreline of a marine protected area in Barangay Lingsat, San Fernando City, La Union.
Photo by Vic Alhambra Jr.

Philippines: Whale dies at La Union sanctuary
By Vic Alhambra Jr. and Jun Elias, 15th October 2014;

Authorities tried but failed to save a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) found wounded at a marine protected area here Monday.

The whale died from injuries it suffered apparently from rocks off Barangay Lingsat’s marine sanctuary.

Fishermen said they earlier saw the whale swimming off the nearby village of San Juan.

“It was swimming south and looked unhurt. We were surprised to find it ashore when we got home,” said Winnie Garcia, who first saw the whale as she and her husband were sailing.

Garcia said they were afraid to go near the mammal, thinking it was a monster, particularly when it discharged water from its spout.

The whale, which was estimated to weigh more than 10 tons, died at about noon, three hours after it was found wounded near the shore.

About 20 maritime students and personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard tried to remove the whale from the water but failed.

Rescuers from the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council had to use a payloader to bury the whale at around 7 p.m.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) estimated the whale to be 10 meters long.

It had a wound that looked like it was caused by a bullet.

“It was not a bullet wound, but a bite of a Cookiecutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis),” Henry Canlas, officer-in-charge of the BFAR’s marine and fisheries section, told The STAR.

Canlas said Sperm Whales tend to swim ashore when they are sick in order to get some air. He said this usually causes whales to die due to their weight, as they cannot carry their body back to the deep. “That’s when they get stranded,” he said.

Samantha Licudine of BFAR said cetaceans like the Sperm Whale usually feel weak when they are sick or bitten by predators.

Source: The Philippine Star

A payloader is used on Tuesday, October 14, to push the carcass of the 9.5-meter-long, 10-ton female Sperm Whale that died on Monday after it got stranded along the shoreline of the marine protected area in Barangay Lingsat, San Fernando City, La Union. Photo by Vic Alhambra Jr.

Philippines: Ailing Sperm Whale dies after washing ashore in La Union
By Joel Locsin, 14th October 2014;

A Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) died after being washed ashore in San Fernando City in La Union province on Monday.

The whale was seen “playing” off Barangay Lingsat before it was washed ashore, GMA’s “Unang Balita” reported.

It died shortly after being washed ashore, the report said.

Residents tried to push it back to sea but could not do so as it weighed about 10 tons.

The whale was eventually buried in the area.

Source: GMA News Online

12-TON LOSS — A female Sperm Whale lays dead on the shore of San Fernando City, La Union, last Monday. (Erwin G. Beleo)

Philippines: 12-ton whale dies on shore
By Erwin G. Beleo, 14th October 2014;

A female Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with a length of 10 meters (or twice the length of an L-300 van) and weighing 12 tons (the same as an average tourist bus) was found dead on the shore of Barangay Lingsat, this city, on Monday.

Officials from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) tried to revive the whale as villages and representatives from the City Fisheries Office tried in vain to push the sea mammal back into the sea.

“The sea creature did not survive due to its illness, infection from parasite bites, and further examinations like necropsies will be conducted to take samples before it’s buried near the sea,” Henry Canlas, BFAR officer-in-charge of fisheries associations, said.

It took at least three rescue teams, a payloader, two heavy vehicles, and fourd hours to get the whale’s carcass off the shore.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Stranded Sperm Whale dies on La Union shores

By Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha, 14th October 2014;

A giant Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) died from apparent injuries hours after it beached along the shores of Barangay Lingsat here on Monday, October 13.

Village officials and volunteers tried to save the wounded mammal moments after it was seen stranded by fishermen who were returning to shore.

Henry Canlas, aquaculture technician of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said the 9.5 meter-long whale was already weak from its wounds when they arrived on the scene.

“The whale’s body was covered with wounds and scratches (from sharp corals) where it was found stranded,” Canlas said.

Officials said the mammal bore cuts from shark bites and coral rocks which it sustained while trying to return to sea.

Canlas said the whale, which weighed 10 tons, could not return to sea after it beached because of its weight and injuries.

He said despite efforts to keep it alive, the mammal died at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

BFAR officials said the whale was mature as indicated by its length and teeth shape.

Authorities later buried the mammal near the shores. The provincial government provided two pay loaders to haul the whale’s carcass from the shore to its grave.

It was the second whale found dead in San Fernando city, next to a 2.74 meter-whale which also beached in Barangay Dalumpinas here in 2012.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

Philippines: Stranded Sperm Whale dies on La Union shores

Photos by KC Golez Zalavaria, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group

Philippines: Dead Sperm Whale in La Union
By KC Golez Zalavaria, 13th October 2014;

A female Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was spotted near the shore in San Fernando, La Union Monday morning where it died.

Residents said the sperm whale was sighted around 9 a.m. The whale died at around noon.

Authorities used 2 4×4 trucks to haul the whale’s carcass to shore.

A local official said the whale measures about 10 meters and was covered with wounds. Authorities have yet to identify cause of death.

Source: ABS-CBN News