Balatan, Camarines Sur --- A dead baleen whale, known as Bryde's whale was found floating along Camangahan village coast in Balatan town, 52 kilometers from Naga City on Wednes, April 13.
The Bryde's whale, pronounced as "broo-dess", was named after a whaler and ship owner Johan Bryde. It is known as the tropical whale as it is the only baleen whale specie that lives in warmer waters.
Its body measures approximately 8 to 10 meters and is already in advanced stage decomposition when found.
Nonie P. Enolva, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources spokesperson in Bicol said that it is imposible to conduct necropsy on the whale's carcass because it is in its advanced stage of decomposition and estimated to be dead for at least 1 to 2 weeks.
She added that there were attempts to sink the whale's body to the bottom of sea as they found ropes with rocks tied around carcass.
The BFAR-Bikol rescue team burned the whale's carcass on Monday afternoon of April 18 as it was difficult to sink it down at sea due to its weight and unpleasant odor.
The Bryde's whale is the second to be stranded in Bicol this year. The first one is a calf fin whale washed ashore in Cambulaga, Sorsogon City in March 10. (BFAR5-RFIS)
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