ILOCOS bike enthusiasts have stumbled upon a dead whale while cruising along the coastline of Laoag City of which fishery officials said is the biggest so far to have washed ashore in Ilocos Norte.
One of the bikers, Anthony Ganal, said the dead whale has several wounds and marks all over the body; they discovered it while having their Sunday early morning biking near the shore.
Fishery officials said the toothed whale weighed around 60 tons but was already in the state of decomposition when found along the shore in Barangay Navotas in Laoag City.
Fishery coordinator Arthur Valente of the Ilocos Norte provincial agriculture office, said the sea mammal was so far the longest whale measuring 17.5-meter long.
”We have not seen that long to have been washed ashore along the province’s coastline which stretches from the towns of Badoc to Pagudpud near the Ilocos Norte-Cagayan border,” Valente said.
Valente said the Pagudpud’s Pasaleng Bay is one of the province’s major tourism destinations especially during summer months when it is frequented by whales.
”This is besides Pagudpud town’s scenic and white sand beaches,” he said.
The local government of Laoag City and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will conduct proper disposing of the dead whale to prevent the possible occurrence of disease from its carcass among the costal townsfolk.
In the northern part of the province in Pasuquin town, a dead marine mammal was also reported, a whale measuring 10-foot long and 27-inch wide.