WATCH: Blue whale sighted along Dumaguete coast

WATCH: Blue whale sighted along Dumaguete coast

The largest mammal in the world was sighted swimming off the coast of Dumaguete City.

In a video taken on Wednesday, May 25, the Cetacean Ecology Lab at the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) of the University of Hong Kong and Siliman University-Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences saw a blue whale surfacing on the water.

The blue whale has been nicknamed Bughaw.

But this wasn’t the first time Bughaw was sighted.

The Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) said Bughaw was first sighted in the waters of Dauin, a town south of Dumaguete City.

Dauin is known for its rich marine life in its coastal waters.

There are 26 cetacean species found in the Philippines, including the blue whale.

WATCH: Blue whale sighted along Dumaguete coast

A blue whale swims off the Dumaguete coast. (Screengrab from YouTube)

Tourists and residents have reported various sightings in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Southern Leyte.

The blue whale belongs to the baleen whales. They measure up to 30 meters in length and 173 tons in weight.

The MWWP said that the population of blue whales in the Philippines is still unknown.

But the public can help monitor their movement and provide information about their migration trail by reporting sightings of them.

Have you seen this majestic mammal anywhere else in the Philippines? Leave your comments below.

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