Archive for February 11th, 2009

Whales In Bataan

It was whales not dolphins that were stranded in a coastal area of Pilar town in the northern Philippines province of Bataan. The whales were specifically name as the melon-headed, it was though residents were trying to push them back into the water, Garcia initially cited that three of the whales were reportedly died.

Sarmiento said that a quake in the sea or a disturbance could have damaged the whales’ eardrums and that made them brought off to the coastal area. Authorities would investigate the coastal area anew to monitor similar occurrence and an official will be calling a meeting on Wednesday for the said incident.

According to Wikipedia, the Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra; other names are many-toothed blackfish and electra dolphin) is a cetacean of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It is closely related to the Pygmy Killer Whale and Pilot Whale, and collectively the common name blackfish knows these dolphin species. The Melon-headed Whale is widespread throughout the world’s tropical waters, although not often seen by humans on account of its preference for deep water.

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