BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN) has finally released a stranded dolphin into the open seas after its diagnosis and treatment in a mariculture holding facility in Santa Ana town, Cagayan.
The marine mammal rescued by residents on May 23 at about 6 a.m. was in distressed condition, according to veterinarian Jefferson Soriano of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Cagayan Valley.
“We acknowledge and appreciate the assistance of the residents who, like in the past, were so vigilant in rescuing the stranded dolphin in partnership with the police and the PMMSN,” said agriculturist Josie Guittap of the Provincial Fishery Station.
Soriano identified the marine mammal as male spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) measuring about 1.45 meters in length and with an estimated weight of 70 to 80 kilograms.
In the diagnosis and treatment, Soriano said the mammal did not have wounds so the PMMSN team released it back to the sea as soon as it got its responsive condition.
Earlier last month, the BFAR said four dolphins were also set free in Claveria, Cagayan, after getting entangled in a fishing net and were voluntarily released by fishermen.
BFAR Director Jovita Ayson of Cagayan Valley lauded the efforts of the rescue team and expressed appreciation for the concern exhibited by the residents.
“Region 2 is a hot spot in marine mammal stranding in the Philippines. We hope that fishers and coastal folk can render same level of concern as exhibited in both cases [of stranding]so that we can further protect our endangered marine mammals,” Ayson said.