CAMARINES SUR - Fishermen found a dead whale shark or “butanding” in Cabusao, Camarines Sur on Thursday.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) later confirmed the whale shark was the same one that was rescued from being beached in Calabanga.
The butanding was a male, around 7.7 meters long, weighing about 6 tons.
The BFAR said the cause of death could have been the lack of oxygen in the waters coming from the Bicol River Basin.
However, the animal did have wounds on the right side of its body, possibly from hitting the propeller of a boat.
This is the 7th incident involving whale sharks in Bicol, but this is the first where the butanding actually died.
The BFAR plans to bury the whale shark. – report from Rizza Mostar, ABS-CBN Bicol; ANC