Batangas Whaleshark Dead


Whale shark dies after straying in Batangas
By Marlon Ramos

Last updated 02:47am (Mla time) 11/21/2007

BATANGAS CITY—A juvenile whale shark, popularly known as butanding in the Bicol region, died shortly after it was beached along the shoreline of a coastal village here over the weekend.

Residents, representatives of the City Veterinary Office (CVO) and a group of environmentalists tried but failed to revive the 17-foot-long butanding, which was found floating off Barangay Dela Paz Pulot Aplaya.

Rodolfo Ferdinand Quicho Jr., executive director of the First Philippine Conservation Inc. (FPCI), said a fisherman saw the whale shark swimming off the rocky portion of the sea in the area at about 6 a.m. on Sunday.

On Monday night, local officials decided to cut up the dead fish after it started to rot and release a foul smell.

A 10-wheel truck later brought the fish, believed to weigh over a ton, to Barangay Sico where it was buried.

“We were just concerned about the effect of the stench on our health. We wanted to bury the butanding without cutting it to pieces but the fish was just too heavy,” village chair Florentino Balmes Jr. told the Inquirer.

He said the fisherman who discovered it noticed that the fish looked too frail to swim away from the rocky portion of the seashore.

When Quicho and his group arrived at the site on Monday afternoon, the whale shark had already been washed ashore by the strong waves as residents ogled at the big fish.

Quicho said the whale shark, which was still in its infancy stage, apparently died shortly after it was reported to them.

He said they have yet to determine the real cause of the death of the whale shark, also known as the gentle giant of the sea.

He said that aside from a minor cut in the left part of its tail and a reddish section of its chest, the whale shark had no visible wounds and lacerations.

Balmes said they suspected that the butanding died after waves smashed it against rocks near the shore.

Reference: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Photograph : Arnell Ozaeta, The Philippine STAR



  1. dear….not inquirer….STAR yung news paper.

  2. ooops Star nga pala nasulat mo!!

  3. I hope this isn’t the same one people have seen in the Mainit area … 😦

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