Bottlenose Dolphin stranded in Bataan

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BALANGA CITY: A female Bottlenose dolphin that was stranded on Saturday in the shallow water near the Wetland and Nature Park here was found to be weak and without buoyancy.

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“Mahina, hindi makalangoy. Tinitingnan namin kung maaaring ilipat sa magandang facility kung saan pwedeng i-rehab [It’s too weak to swim. We’ll see if we can transfer it to a better facility for rehabilitation],” said Ocean Adventure veterinarian Leo Suarez.

Suarez said he has yet to check if the dolphin is pregnant. He already got blood samples for analysis in their laboratory at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

Six fishermen carried and transferred the dolphin, which weighs around 150 to 200 kilos, from the river to a nearby fishpond.

Ocean Adventure workers who arrived Saturday night attached floaters to keep the dolphin afloat at the shallow water of the fishpond.

Fisherman Edgardo de Leon found the dolphin, earlier identified as Melon-headed whale, around 3 p.m. and tried to bring it to the deep portion of Manila Bay.

“Dinala ko sa laot ng ilang beses pero bumabalik din sa mababaw kaya naaawa ako [I pitied the dolphin because as brought it to the deep portion of the Manila Bay many times but it kept coming back to the shallow part],” said de Leon.

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