Melon headed whale

The melon-headed whale (species Peponocephala electra; other names are many-toothed blackfish, "melon whale" and electra dolphin) is a cetacean of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It is closely related to the pygmy killer whale and pilot whale, and collectively these dolphin species are known by the common name blackfish.

It is also related to the false killer whale. The m ...

elon-headed whale is widespread throughout the world's tropical waters, although not often seen by humans because it prefers deep water.

The melon-headed whale is found in Cebu, in the Philippines which is a good site for seeing the whale because the continental shelf there is narrow. Although no specific data exist, the species is unlikely to be migratory, in common with animals in its subfamily.

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  • Dolphins Upside Down Moves, Moalboal Cebu

    Melon Headed Whales in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines.

  • Whale Nursed Back To Health In La Union

    Whale Nursed Back To Health In La Union

    In a concrete tank, "Agustina" swims feebly, aided by an orange floater from which it tries to wriggle away. Agustina is a female melon-headed whale that was stranded on a beach in the coastal village of San Agustin in San Fernando City on April 30.

    The 6.2-foot- (1.89 meters) long whale was rescued and brought to a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) facility here on a Sunday when its tanks were empty and its staff was not around.

    But BFAR employees rushed to the facility to save her when they got the call.

    The whale bore scratch marks all over its body and fins. It also ...

  • Weak Whale Rescued In La Union

    Weak Whale Rescued In La Union

    An endangered female melon-headed whale was rescued by authorities in Barangay San Agustin Sunday after it was found along the beach with injuries on its nose.

    "The whale sustained injuries that are human inflicted. Malamang gusto nilang hulihin, may mga sugat sa sides na pabilog, sa may snout, at sa dorsal nito. Ganun din sa may dibdib between sa pictoral fins at malalim ito," said according Jenomar Munar, one of the rescuers, and former fish warden law officer of City Fisheries Aquatic Resources Management Council (CFARMC), trained at Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network under BFAR. ...

  • Wounded Whale Rescued In Salcedo Eastern Samar

    Wounded Whale Rescued In Salcedo Eastern Samar

    A wounded melon-headed whale stranded in Salcedo town in Eastern Samar was rescued and returned back to sea, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office reported.

    The BFAR said the local folk who discovered the whale stranded in the seashore of Barangay Butig, Salcedo town around 9 a.m. of January 10 immediately alerted the authorities.

    According to the first responders' account, the whale was seen swimming erratically near the shore of said village and was being followed by fishermen.

    Sensing danger for the whale to be slaughtered, the unidentified concerned ...

  • Whale Wont Leave Coast Dies While Being Treated

    Whale Wont Leave Coast Dies While Being Treated

    A female melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) caught two weeks ago in Dasol, Pangasinan province, died on Thursday while undergoing treatment at a facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

    Fishermen found the 2-meter long whale beached along Dasol Bay on Sept. 23 and brought it back to the sea. But it was sighted again in the afternoon on the same day so village officials decided to bring it to the BFAR facility in Alaminos City.

    Samantha Licudine, a BFAR veterinarian, said the whale had many scratches in the body and had a deep cut near its snout.

    "Maybe ...

  • Humpbacks Lure Whale Watchers To Babuyan

    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 ...