BFAR treats injured 500-kg false killer whale

By May 17, 2021Inside News

A 500-kilogram false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) stranded off Colibra Island in Dasol town on May 10 is being treated at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources- Regional Mariculture Technology Demonstration Center in Alaminos City due to injuries and scratches.

It is strong but it’s not yet eating, according to Dr. Hasmin Chogsayan, veterinarian at the BFAR- Lucap facility.

The wounded whale, measuring 3.8-meter long and a juvenile, has bite wounds and scratches possibly caused by a cookie-cutter shark.

It’s placed in a tank but it has not shown any appetite to eat even after being given medicine and vitamins through gastric intubation.

It is still uncertain when it would be released back to the sea, Chogsayan said.

This false killer whale, sighted by residents, immediately reported it to authorities to be rescued. (Eva Visperas)

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