Stranded dolphin rescued in Calapan City

A long-snouted spinner dolphin was stranded on the shore of Barangay San Antonio in Calapan City.

The mammal, which weighed about 30 kilograms, was found on the shore with abrasions and lacerations but had no deep wounds, said Marilyn M. Alcanices, chief of the Provincial Agriculture Office-Fishery and Coastal Resource Management Division.

Jameson C. Pacardo, a 21-year-old fisherman from San Teodoro town, said that it was his grandfather, 54-year-old fisherman Romulo Villeza, who saw the dolphin at around 7 a.m. on January 28.

It was beached near the Calapan City port, said Pacardo, who then reported the incident to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group.

A joint rescue effort was made by the PAO, PNP, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Fishery Management Office of Calapan City. Members of Bantay Dagat of Calapan City and the BFARMC chairman of San Antonio were at the site to help in the rescue.

Upon examination, Alcanices said that the dolphin was found to have abrasions on the upper and lower flukes, on the dorsal side between the blowhole and the dorsal fin, and on the ventral side. Laceration was also found on the lower right portion of the head.

Nolasco Ortiz, Bantay Dagat of Calapan City measured and weighed the mammal, which Alcanices said could be classified as a sub-adult.

The team, however, failed to identify its sex.

Two initial attempts to take the animal off the coast failed as it would always go back to the shore, said Alcanices.

Using a PNP patrol boat, the dolphin was successfully released at about 9 a.m. about half kilometer away from the shore, she said.

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