Baby whale rescued in La Union

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Rescuers carry the weak baby pygmy sperm whale off the shore of Carlatan, San Fernando City, La Union Friday (Sept. 30, 2016) and was brought for treatment at a BFAR facility in Sto. Tomas, La Union. (Photo by JUN ELIAS)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A weak female baby pygmy sperm whale was found yesterday morning at the shoreline of Barangay Carlatan here with injuries on her tail and left eye.

Dr. Christopher Apilado, of the city veterinary office, said the whale, weighs around 100 kilos, 6.5 feet in height, and with 45 inches body circumference, was found by residents at around 4:00 a.m. Friday.

The whale was brought for treatment at the facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Sto. Tomas, La Union by joint personnel of the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council and BFAR.

Apilado estimated that the whale is around one year old and maybe she was lost direction from her mother.

“It looks like she was disturbed by fishermen who attempted to catch her as shown by the wounds which was caused by pointed object,” he said.

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