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

Photo: Dhanjorvan Rasay

A male female Pilot Whale stranded in Brgy Victoria, Currimao, Ilocos Norte this morning. It is now being inspected by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Picture and report by Dhanjorvan Rasay.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photos of the Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) that died after being stranded on the coast of Ujung Kreung, Aceh.

Source: WWF Indonesia Facebook

    Rescuers attempt attempt to push stranded Whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. An official said 10 Whales were stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.

  1. Rescuers attempt to save stranded Whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. An official said a small pod of Whales was stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.
  2. Curious onlookers watch as rescuers attempt to save stranded Whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. An official said a small pod of Whales was stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.

Photos: AP Photo/Syahrol Rizal and Zulkarnaini

Indonesia:Beached Whales led out to sea off Indonesia’s Aceh but 4 die
15th November 2017;

Four of 10 Whales that beached off Indonesia’s Aceh province have died because of injuries and exhaustion, a fisheries official said Tuesday.

The Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) became stranded Monday at Ujong Kareng beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.

Nur Mahdi, the head of Aceh’s marine and fisheries office, said two Whales that were both extensively scratched and bruised died early Tuesday while two others that were very weak died a few hours later.

He said five of the giant mammals were refloated on Monday and led out to sea by boats, but waves washed two back to shore. Fishing boats led the pair and a remaining Whale out to sea on Tuesday.

Mahdi said Whale pods follow a group leader and can become stranded if the leader swims too close to shore due to sickness or other reasons.

Several dozen strandings of Whales, Dolphins and other marine mammals are reported each year in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands.

Ten Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) died last year when a pod of more than 30 stranded off the coast of Probolinggo district in East Java province.

Source: Associated Press

Four of 10 Sperm Whales that were stranded and found by residents on the coast in Ujung Kreung, Aceh, have died, though the remaining six were released into the ocean on Tuesday (14/11).
Photo: Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra

Indonesia: Four of 10 Sperm Whales Stranded on Acehnese Beach Die
By Dames Alexander Sinaga, 15th November 2017;

Four of 10 Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) that were stranded and found by residents on the coast in Ujung Kreung, Aceh, have died, though the remaining six were released into the ocean on Tuesday (14/11).

Sapto Prabowo, head of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Aceh, said the dead Whales might be contaminated with fungal infections.

“So far, we have suspected the four dead Whales, which were stranded in Aceh Besar, had fungal infections in their skin and mouths,” Sapto said in Aceh Besar on Tuesday, as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

The 10 Whales were reportedly stranded on Ujung Kreung Beach on Monday morning.

Sapto said BKSDA, along with Whale experts from Bali, have examined the dead Whales and have come up with preliminary findings that show the Whales had fungal infections that produced worms.

He said the fungus infections affected the mammals’ metabolism, presumably causing the death of the four stranded Whales.

However, he said an autopsy is now being conducted by a team from the faculty of veterinary medicine at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh to determine the cause of death of the four Whales.

“The cause of the death of these Whales still remains unknown. We still need to wait for the results of the autopsy,” Sapto said.

Meanwhile, Basri, head of the Whale evacuation team and an official at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, said the four dead Whales will have to be buried on Ujung Kreung Beach, as the team does not have the proper equipment to cast the Whales back into the ocean.

“Usually, they are drowned in the oceans when they are dead, but due to not having the tools, they will have to be buried,” Basri said.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Ten Sperm Whales were found stranded on the shore of Ujung Kreung in Aceh Besar’s Mesjid Raya subdistrict, Aceh, on Monday morning (13/11)
Photo: WWF Indonesia

Indonesia: Ten Sperm Whales Stranded in Aceh
By Dames Alexander Sinaga, 13th November 2017;

Ten Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) were found stranded on the shore of Ujung Kreung in Aceh Besar’s Mesjid Raya subdistrict, Aceh, on Monday morning (13/11).

“Ten Whales were stranded on the shoreline. They are now being evacuated with a small boat,” local resident Yusri Mantong told the Jakarta Globe via text message.

He added that all the Whales were still alive and that the rescue efforts were coordinated by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Seafarers Education and Training Center (BP2IP Malahayati) and the Aceh chapter of the World Wildlife Fund.

Ricky Wahyudi, a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) stationed in Mesjid Raya subdistrict, said residents reported the stranding at around 10 a.m./p>

“At the time, the Whales were about a kilometer from the shore, but after a while, they were seen moving up to about a dozen meters from the beach,” Ricky said, as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

Teuku Nurmadi, a Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry official in Aceh, meanwhile said it is rare for Whales to strand in the area and that the animals may have become disorientated while migrating.

“We do not know where these Whales are coming from and where they are migrating to. We also still do not know what caused the injuries some of the stranded Whales sustained,” he said.

Source: Jakarta Globe