One dead female Melon-headed Whale (𝘗𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘢 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘢) was reported by MAO Ma. Theresa Rabe of the Municipality of Busuanga, Palawan to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff District Management Division (DMD) – Calamian, at around 6:30 PM on April 13, 2021.
MAO Rabe narrated that the said lifeless mammal was initially found at midday, near the wharf of Putod in Barangay Salvacion, Busuanga, Palawan, however no reports were made. Coincidentally, staff from the Office of the Municipal Agriculture chanced upon the carcass when they went to the area to buy fish and immediately reported the stranding.
Moreover, MAO Rabe inquired with the PCSDS DMD – Calamian on how to deal with the carcass and the latter attended on the said matter by sending a DMD Calamian staff, who checked on the reported stranding. Upon inspection of the carcass, it was found out that it had a large open wound on its head near the blowhole. It was presumed that a spear might have caused its death.
The Melon-headed Whale has a length of 230 cms, width of 40 cms and a head circumference of 90 cms.
The dead Melon-headed whale was buried in Busuanga, Palawan on the same day, after all the inspections made by the DMD Calamian Staff.
The Melon-headed Whale is listed as “Least Concern species” under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. If you happen to find any wildlife creature within your vicinity, please report it immediately to our office thru hotline numbers 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You may also send a message to our Facebook page for your concerns.