ZAMBALES fishermen found the first male Pygmy Sperm Whale specimen in the Philippines stranded on the shores of San Narciso town on Sunday afternoon (16 Sept.)
The previous two finds, one in Bulacan and the other in Ilocos, were both female, according to Lem Aragones of the Philippines Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Aragones said the whale, weak and with battle scratches & superficial injuries around the body when found, measured around 3 meters long, weighing some 700 to 800 kgs. and approximately “an old one.”
After preliminary assessment and initial treatment by Mariel Flores, resident veterinarian of Ocean Adventure, the whale was moved from the beach to a lagoon to stabilize its condition.
Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy personnel kept an overnight watch on the beleaguered whale, which expired around noon the next day after discharging blood from its blowhole, the mammal’s equivalent of the human nose.
Experts say the whale must have died mainly because the shallow lagoon water was not enough to support the animal’s weight, crushing its lungs and other internal organs.
According to LTSG. Roland Domingo of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary (PCGA) CHS 102 Squadron SBMA, he had arranged with SBMA Chair & Administrator Roberto V. Garcia the use of SBMA’s vessel MV Binictican to help in the rescue efforts but before it could be deployed, they received news that the whale had already died. (VVV)