A marine mammal that looks to be a Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) stranded on a beach of Barangay Mabay, Maitum this morning. It was well responded to by MENRO Maitum and the community. Latest update is that the animal swam away to Barangay Kalaong after release attempt.
This is the second unfortunate incident that a Turtle was hacked/cut in the head in Barangay Kawas, Alabel Sarangani resulting to its death. We reported this to DENR-PASu/PAMB Office after receiving a call from the Philippine Coast Guard about the said beaching of a Turtle. This happened last December 17, 2016 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Kawas is known to have seaweeds culture run by fishermen’s associations, who sometimes (if not always) consider Turtles, particularly the Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas), as pests to their cultured seaweeds.
We hope that this will be investigated further by PAMB.
A mother and calf “duyong” (Dugong) (Dugong dugon) found dead yesterday Sept. 01, 2016 in Barangay Glan Padidu, Glan, Sarangani Province. Mr. Ismail Dante a bantay-dagat found the mother near the “balsa” around 1:00AM while patrolling the area for marine turtles and found the calf later a few meters away from the mother. No external abrasion was found in the body of both animal. Necropsy was done by Rino Langomez Asperaga Municipal Veterinary of Glan, stomach and intestines was infested by parasitic worms while lungs was filled with water.
A dead Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) stranded in Barangay Colon, Maasim, Sarangani Province yesterday. The non-fatal wound on the dolphin was caused by a Cookie-cutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis).