Babuyan Calayan Islands

Calayan, Cagayan

The Calayan or Babuyan Group of Islands are a humpback whale breeding area. Since 2004 a humpback whales individuals have been identified in the Islands of Babuyan.

Babuyan Calayan Islands Whale Watching News

  • In Search For The The Big Blue Whale A Balyena Org Volunteer Experience

    So I been wanting to do this for a long time.To volunteer for a Non Governmental Organization. Since I'm a mermaid I followed quite a number of most Philippine based NGO for marine conservation such as Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Greenpeace-Ph, Save Philippine Seas,Oceana-Ph, Ocean Conservancy and Balyena.org, I been supporting their cause even by just sharing post online as form of information dissemination.

    Last year I really really wanted to join Balyena.org's Humpback Whale Expedition in Southern tip of Philippines- the Babuyanes Island for summer season. I send my volunt ...

  • Whalesong Interrupted

    Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines' Babuyan Islands. She's scanning for a target in the very same waters that Herman Melville extolled as the gateway to the Yankee whalers' Pacific hunting grounds in Moby Dick.

    On the deck, the sounds are as placid as the vista of flat, steely ocean stretching to the horizon. Nothing to be heard but the whistling wind and the slap of gentle waves against the hull.

    But 20 meters down, where Acebes has suspended an underwater microphone, there's an entire ...

  • Humpbacks Lure Whale Watchers To Babuyan

    A distant splash breaks the flat gold sheen of the ocean off the Babuyan island group.

    "One o'clock, three kilometers," Jo Marie Acebes yells. The captain of her outrigger changes course.

    The chase is on for a photo shoot of humpback whales of the North Pacific in their southernmost breeding ground. Annually, these creatures—each the length of a basketball court and weighing 22,000 to 36,000 kilograms—migrate from the Arctic to these balmy Babuyan waters to mate and breed.

    This also makes the remote islands stage to one of the world's least understood underwater symphonies. Humpba ...

  • Marine Wildlife Expert Lectures On Research And Conservation

    Butanding Network founder Elson Aca presented a lecture on "Marine Wildlife Research and Conservation in the Philippines" at the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS) Conference Room on September 19.

    His talk covered four groups of large marine vertebrates in the Philippines: dugongs, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), sea turtles, and elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). Most species in these taxa are threatened species and need to be protected not only to preserve the country's rich biodiversity but more importantly, to maintain ecological balance.

    In his lecture, Elson stres ...

  • An underwater footage of humpback whales in Babuyan Island

    In this video, Doc Nielsen Donato attempts to film the majestic humpback whales of Babuyan Islands underwater. He also records the amazing noise and sounds created by these rare animals.

  • Born Expeditions searches for Babuyan Islands humpback whales

    In the new edition of 'Born Expeditions', Doc Nielsen sets out to Babuyan Islands to find its majestic residents, the humpback whales! In this video, he talks about the difficulty of finding these amazing creatures.