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‘Balyena’ dies on Bataan beach


MARIVELES, Bataan: A huge whale commonly known to villagers as balyena was found dead on a beach in Sityo Boracay, Barangay Townsite here at dawn of Friday.

No one could still say as to what species the mammal belongs, but fisherman Ramon Francisco at first said it was a blue whale but later identified it as a humpback whale.

Inspectors from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (Menro) of Mariveles said it was a sperm whale.

They, however, were one, in saying the mammal was a baby whale.

Francisco said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provincial office told him to send them a portion of the skin and meat of the dead whale.

“Matigas ang balat (It had thick skin),” he noted while he tried to cut some meat from the whale with a bolo.

“Iiksaminin daw kung ano nangyari, kung ano nakain, plastic bag o namatay sa lason (They will examine the dead mammal and determine if it had swallowed a plastic bag or it died from poisoning),” the fisherman said.

According to him, the whale measured 2.3 meters wide and 5.3 meters long.

“First time pa lang kaming nakakita ng ganitong balyena (It is the first time for us to see this kind of whale),” he said.

Francisco added that the whale was pushed by waves to Sityo Boracay during high tide and remained on the beach when it was already low tide.

The sitio can be reached by hiking more than a kilometer-long stretch along the beach.

The fisherman said they would wait for the decision of BFAR and Menro on what to do with the whale.

Last Monday, fishermen tried to rescue two bottlenose dolphins in Samal, Bataan, but both died while being transported.

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