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    Seas under Siege - Stranded Dwarf Sperm Whales Die in Siargao

     

    ​   00217.MTS ​​   00218.MTS ​A mother dwarf sperm whale and her baby were stranded in the shores of Dapa, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. The 2.2 meter long, mother sperm whale had  lacerations from its lower jaw down to her belly, while her calf bore stab wounds behind his right eye. The calf died the next day. The mother followed soon after that.   On the morning of March 21, Arjun Balderas looked out of the window of his hut in the coastal village of Kamaligan in Dapa and saw what looked like a pair of dolphins leaping in the shallow waters at a distance. When he took a closer look, he was alarmed to find that both mammals were severely wounded.    Believing it to be a distress signal or a call for help, the 26 year old - security guard rushed to the scene and joined seven other men pull the animals out of the water and into a safety net. “ The   adult mammal, which probably weighed about 100 kg., had mutilations in the stomach and the calf had stab wounds at the back of its neck,”  he recalled.     Video footages showed the adult whale and her young, with bodies smeared with blood, being hauled into separate nets by several men and transported on a multi-cab to the pond at the D’Game recreation center in Dapa, the trade center of Siargao Island. At D’Game, some observers watched the distressed mother whale sink in the water while the calf would nudge her towards the surface and then both would glide placidly across the pond.

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