Remains of marine mammal found in San Isidro, DavOr

According to a researcher, the skeleton was estimated to be about three to four meters long.

According to a researcher, the skeleton was estimated to be about three to four meters long.

SAN ISIDRO, Davao Oriental (BaMNews) – The skeletal remains of a decomposed marine mammal, believed to be a sperm whale, was recently found along the coast of Sitio Wason, Barangay Batobato, this town.

Reports of the find prompted the immediate dispatch of personnel from the Provincial Capitol, headed by Provincial Agriculture (PAGRI) Officer Rotchie Ravelo together with personnel from the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), to conduct an investigation regarding the cause of death and the type of specie, among other information.

Bantay Dagat volunteer Antonio Capino, Sr., who made the report, said he was informed by a fisherman, who came upon the said remains beached several meters from the sea.

Researcher and biologist, Amy Ponce of the Provincial Subangan Museum, who joined the team of investigators, said the skeleton was estimated to be about three to four meters long.

Other members of the team who documented the find include Dr. Roy Padilla and Biologist Marlo Khen Inabiogan of DOSCST, Dr. Eric Dagmang of the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office, Agoncilio Uyan of Subangan Museum, Alsiphi Quinones of Provincial Tourism Office, Eden Jhan Licayan of Provincial Information Office and Sarx Lanos of Environment and Natural Heritage Center (PGO-ENHC).

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While having the longest coastline and a vast expanse of seas, Davao Oriental is teeming with marine biodiversity. Marine creatures that often frolic the area include mostly dolphins and whales.

In June 2010, a 53-feet sperm whale was first beached in the shores of Governor Generoso. The Provincial Government headed by Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon immediately assembled a team to preserve the remains, which now serves as the centerpiece of the Subangan Provincial Museum.

Named as DavOr, this sperm whale is considered the seventh largest sperm whale in the world on record. 

Meanwhile, the Subangan Museum, which houses the massive skeleton, not only showcases the rich marine biodiversity of the province but also increases people’s awareness in the protection and conservation of these treasured gifts.  By Sarx Lanos Bagani Mindanaw News Service/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

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