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Sea turtle, two whales found dead in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY: Three marine endangered species were found dead in separate shorelines of the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Masbate for two consecutive days. On Thursday morning, an endangered marine species, a female 2.23-meter pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps), was found dead in the coast of Barangay Pasal, Del Gallego town in Camarines Sur, said Nonie Enolva, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources regional spokesman. On Wednesday, a 15-year-old green sea turtle weighing 30 kilograms and measuring 3 feet 21 inches, was found dead with a piece of fishnet stuck on her neck in the shoreline of Manhatan Calayucay village in Santo Domingo town. The carcass was buried along the shore of Barangay Calayucay with the supervision of Tinoy Balingbing, municipal environment officer. Balingbing warned the people that slaughtering a sea turtle, even the dead ones, is strictly prohibited. While in Batuan, Masbate, a short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) was also found dead on Wednesday morning.

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