Friday, October 22, 2021

Another sperm whale found dead on Boracay beach

BORACAY. A backhoe buries the first dead sperm whale found in Boracay recently. (Photo courtesy of Harn Deo Vargas)

ANOTHER sperm whale was found dead off the coast of Boracay Island, Aklan Friday morning, September 17, 2021.

Haron Deo Vargas, a marine biologist of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, said the sperm whale carcass had beached in Sitio Laguna, Barangay Manocmanoc in Malay, Aklan.

On Wednesday, a carcass of a sperm whale was also found by residents at Bulabog Beach in Barangay Balabag. The dead whale was said to have been washed by waves again and was found the next morning off the coast of Barangay Manocmanoc.

Reports from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said a dead dolphin was also found Wednesday on the shores of Barangay Pook, Kalibo, Aklan.

"I do not know yet why we are seeing dead bodies of sperm whale strands at the beach of Boracay. I hope this is all a mere coincidence," Vargas said.

At least two backhoes have been utilized to bury the first dead sperm whale along Tabon Port.

DENR personnel has yet to bury the second whale as of Friday. (SunStar Philippines)


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