Dolphin stranded in Odiongan, Romblon dies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2009 11:57 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2009 12:52 AM

A doctor from Odiongan, Romblon reported to abs-cbnNEWS.com yesterday that a dolphin got stranded in the area on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

Doctor Kurt Tan sent photographs of the sea mammal as fishermen tried to help bring it to deeper waters.

Tan said the incident happened at around 8:30 pm in Barangay Panique. They learned of the incident at around 5 pm and got to the site a few minutes later.

Fishermen tried to bring the dolphin to deeper waters that day but it got re-stranded three more times.

To prevent the dolphin from getting drowned, the fishermen in the area came up with a make-shift support for the dolphin while trying to bring it to deeper waters.

“We tried to rescue the dolphin but the animal was too tired and looked like it was dying when we got to the site,” Tan said in his email to abs-cbnNEWS.com.

He told abs-cbnNEWS.com that they even asked for assistance from a specialist in marine mammals from the University of the Philippines. But all the efforts were to no avail.

The dolphin suffered from multiple abrasions on his beak, near the blowhole and fins. Some said it got trapped in nets used to trap tuna in that area.

Locals tried to transfer the dolphin to the fish sanctuary but it died upon arrival to the site.