Originally posted on GMA News Online by BERNADETTE A. PARCO
There has been an increase in marine mammal-strandings in the country the last 12 years, a study conducted by marine scientists from the University of the Philippines-Diliman found.
These strandings involved dolphins, baleen whales, and dugongs that had been found beached along coastal barangays in different parts of the country.
These beached animals were either entangled in fish nets, wounded after colliding with vessels, while others had serious blast injuries. Some of these marine mammals were also on the brink of death, if not already dead, because they had ingested debris or trash from the ocean.
UP Professor Lemnuel Aragones, biophysicist Honey Leen Laggui, and marine biologist Apple Kristine Amor of the Marine Mammal Research and Stranding Laboratory-Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology warned that the rate of strandings could put further stress on already vulnerable species.
Their study found that the annual frequency of recorded stranding events ranged from 24 in 2005 to 111 incidents in 2015, with an average of 59 events per year.