Monday, October 10, 2011

Stranded whale dies in Zambales, Philippines - 10th Oct 2011

The young and sick female whale that stranded off the coast of Candelaria Island here has died.

Caretakers of Potipot Island first saw the whale around 1 pm Saturday. They tried to drive the animal away to deeper waters, but it refused to go.

The whale sustained deep scratches all over its body, which may be caused by its stranding on the reef. There were also deep wounds that were later identified as shark bites.

Zambales Governor Jun Ebdane, who resided near the area, personally supervised the rescue efforts.

“It was really lucky that we were there when the whale was found,” the governor said, while pointing that marine biologists later found that the whale was suffering from viral infection.

“Otherwise, those fishermen may have butchered it and sold the infected meat to the market,” he said.

Marine biologists from the Ocean Adventure Park in the Subic Bay Freeport, who were dispatched to the area at the request of Ebdane, revealed that initial blood samplings showed that the whale had very low white blood cells count.

Leo Suarez of Ocean Adventure said the animal “could have been sick for quite a while”.

The marine biologists gave medical treatment to the beleaguered whale until 11:30 p.m. Saturday. It however succumbed around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Source