BADOC, Ilocos Norte, Nov. 5 (PNA) — Coastal villagers in Barangay Saud, this town rescued another stranded female adult rise’s dolphin at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4.
Found near the Badoc shoreline with bruises all over the body, Arthur Valente, fishery regulatory officer of the Provincial Agriculture Office, reported the stranded marine mammal may have been suffering from acoustic trauma based on its behavior and absence of buoyancy and direction when found by residents.
“There are bruises all over the body due to body contact with sharp coral rocks in the exposed tidal flat. No wounds caused by human interaction. However, just like our previous stranding cases, it is believed to have been suffering from acoustic trauma,” Valente said.
Since January, he said this is now the third time of stranding case in Ilocos Norte next to a bottlenose dolphin stranded barely four months ago, also in Badoc town and a baby humpback whale in Pagudpud last February.
As of this posting, the stranded dolphin is still being rehabilitated in a creek in Pagsanahan Sur while waiting for the strong waves to calm down.
Record shows Ilocos region has been considered among the hot spots for stranded marine mammals due to polluted environments and unabated illegal fishing. PNA