HIGHLIGHT: A video of a floating Bryde's whale’s dead body is currently circulating on social media, taken in the part of Ragay Gulf within the territory of Balatan, Camarines Sur.
The local government of Balatan wishes to let the body naturally decay on the water.
However, resort owners and visitors in the area are wary of the adverse effects of the dead whale to their health and business.
Also, according to residents, the dead whale’s body could possibly drift into nearby barangays of Bula, San Fernando, Minalabac or Pasacao if the government refuses to respond to it.
Bryde's whale (pronounced ‘broo-duhz) is characterized by the three ridges seen on the top of its head. It feeds all year round, mostly on schooling fish and planktons. It is the only species of baleen whale that stay all-year round in tropical and subtropical seas with waters at 16C or higher.
In 2007, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) conducted an investigation on a report of residents allegedly having a feeding frenzy over a dead Bryde’s whale in Barcelona, Sorsogon. Fishery Administrative Order 208 prohibits the taking of endangered species for human consumption.