An Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) at Catwayan, Patnongon, Antique.

Source: Flord Calawag Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Another Ocean Sunfish found on the shores of Balabago, San Joaquin, Iloilo today.

Source: Ric Gaviloria Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

This looks like it might be a Sharptail Mola (Masturus lanceolatus).

  1. This is the deepest of two gash injuries suffered by the Turtle. This cut went through the shell, skin, fat and muscle.
  2. Here, you can see both gashes quite clearly. The gash on the left seems to have only pierced the shell, while the one on the right is much deeper, and could prove fatal.
  3. A full shot of our patient.
  4. The Turtle was having trouble breathing, which was a great cause for concern.
  5. You can see how deep is the cut into the Turtle, as it cut through a significant depth into its shoulder muscles.
  6. This is not the typical Field Dress uniform, but as CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA was in-transit at the time he received the assistance call, between two events (both requiring Service Blue-Alpha), we understand. — with Randall Parker.
  7. One of the Wildlife Sanctuary personnel evaluates the Turtle’s injuries.

Today was another busy day for the 609th Squadron.

In between attending the Oath Taking & Governance Take Over Ceremony For the Municipality of Malay, and while traveling to the 609.1 Division Meeting, DDAS-Operations CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA received an urgent text message from DENR regarding an endangered “Pawikan (Sea Turtle) with a fatal wound on its carapace (shell).”

This Turtle, with two deep gashes to its shell, was discovered in the Station Three area of Boracay by the crew of one of the local activities boats, who had seen it struggling (Apparently, based on its injuries, it was the victim of a run-in with a speed boat). The crew gave the injured Turtle to PNP officers at the outpost located in front of Nagisa Coffee Shop.

Said officers contacted BTAC who, in turn, contacted DENR-Kalibo. Their marine officer happened to be in Boracay already, and he contacted CDR PARKER for assistance.

Upon meeting-up and examining the Turtle, both the DENR Official and CDR PARKER transported the injured animal to Boracay’s Wildlife Sanctuary for inspection and treatment.

While it was determined to be unlikely that the injured Turtle would survive, due to breathing difficulties and its severe injuries, personnel from Wildlife administered antibiotics, stabilized the shell, and stitched the Turtle’s injuries.

As of this time, the status of the Turtle is unknown to us, but we will update, if we hear anything.

If you encounter Sea Turtles, please be mindful of their endangered status. If you should find any of these animals in distress, please contact DENR, PCG, PCGA or PNP for assistance.

Thank you!

UPDATE: As of approximately 9:00am, this morning, we were informed by DENR that the Sea Turtle succombed to its injuries.

Source: Philippines Coast Guard Auxilliary Squadron 609 Boracay Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Dead Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) found on the shores of Makato, Aklan yesterday.

Source: Jezzie Rose Masigon Villanueva Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

6.5-foot Giant Oarfish found in Tibiao

A juvenile 6.5-foot Giant Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was found in Tiguis Beach, Tibiao, Antique on Tuesday (May 31, 2016). The Oarfish is considered as the longest bony fish in the world. The specimen will be donated to the UPV Museum of Natural Science in UPV Miagao for further study.

Source: Flord Calawag Facebook

A 2 meter long Oarfish was found at Tiguis Beach, Tibiao, Antique this morning.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

Philippines: Coast guard rescues a Sperm Whale in Antique
By Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce, 15th May 2016;

Coast guards rescued a Sperm Whale which was stranded at the shorelines of a village in Antique, over the weekend.

“A disoriented Sperm Whale was beached at the shorelines of Barangay Marina, San Jose, Antique around 9:30 a.m. yesterday,” the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) stated in a report which was posted on its website yesterday. It measures 546 centimeters in length, 76 centimeters in width and weighs 80 kilograms.

According to the PCG, Ronald Charlie Ledesma, 24, found the distressed mammal 10 meters from the shoreline. He immediately reported the incident to the Coast Guard Station (CGS) in San Jose de Buenavista.

The area was then cordoned-off by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources personnel and volunteer residents until the Coast Guard has successfully guided the Whale towards the deeper portion of the sea 150 meters off the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) premises.

The Sperm Whale eventually swam off to the ocean.

Source: Manila Bulletin

The photo shows a prominent dorsal fin and pointed flippers, features not found in Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus). If the size reported is accurate (although the weight given seems awfully low), it’s more likely that this was a Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) or False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens).

A dead critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) washed ashore in Station 3 of Boracay Island this afternoon. Its carapace cracked open due to some strong force, possibly a boat strike incident.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook