Sperm whale

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), or cachalot, is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator. It is the only living member of genus Physeter, and one of three extant species in the sperm whale family, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale of the genus Kogia.

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  • Wounded Whale Stranded Near Beach Resort Rescued

    Wounded Whale Stranded Near Beach Resort Rescued

    A wounded whale stranded along the vicinity waters of Barangay Pob Patnanungan, Quezon was rescued this morning, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

    The rescued whale, according to the PCG, was believed to be a sperm whale with an estimated measurement of 11.9 meters and approximately weighs three tons.

    Search and rescue team disclosed that the whale sustained bruises and wounds in different parts of its body.

    Investigation showed that an informant, Chester Coralde, reported to Coast Guard Substation Patnanungan that a whale was spotted and presumed stranded at the area near Heroni ...

  • Saving Endangered Coral Reefs

    Large areas were found with very high live coral cover, up to nearly 100 percent in places, but live coral coverage would have been much higher had there not been heavy dynamite fishing damage in many areas in the past."

    This was part of the written report of Dr. Thomas J. Goreau after he and his team assessed the coral reefs in and around Tubalan Cove of Malita, Davao Occidental in southern Philippines some years back.

    "Fish populations were very poor except around promontories with higher water flow," reported Dr. Goreau, the president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit in ...

  • A Rare Big Blue Whale

    A Rare Big Blue Whale

    The largest known animal on planet Earth, a blue whale was spotted in the Bohol Sea this week. The rare sighting was documented with a photo by Panglao Councilor Joseph Jasper Arcay.

    While it is not established to be the same creature, a blue whale was also spotted on the waters off Dumaguete City and other parts of Negros Oriental on Tuesday afternoon, May 17, as reported by Judy Flores-Partlow of the Philippine News Agency.

    The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are baleen whal ...

  • Coast Guard Rescues A Sperm Whale In Antique

    Coast Guard Rescues A Sperm Whale In Antique

    Coast guards rescued a sperm whale which was stranded at the shorelines of a village in Antique, over the weekend.

    "A disoriented sperm whale was beached at the shorelines of Barangay Marina, San Jose, Antique around 9:30 a.m. yesterday," the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) stated in a report which was posted on its website yesterday. It measures 546 centimeters in length, 76 centimeters in width and weighs 80 kilograms.

    According to the PCG, Ronald Charlie Ledesma, 24, found the distressed mammal 10 meters from the shoreline. He immediately reported the incident to the Coast Guard Station ...

  • BFAR Shuts Down Davao Gulf As Tuna Spawn Season Begins

    The three-month tuna ban in the Davao Gulf resumed for its second year, after the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Davao region reported that tuna and other fish species are actively spawning this time of the year.

    The closed season starting June 1 and lasting up to August 31 was mandated to secure the tuna and fish species that are in their breeding period and to conserve the marine resources of the province, authorities said.

    "Davao Gulf is an ideal and potential spawning and breeding ground for tuna and tuna-like species," BFAR 11 Regional ...

  • Davao Gulf Tuna Fishing Prohibited

    The government has imposed a three-month ban on fishing tuna and other species in the Davao Gulf after the regional office of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources learned that the species actively spawn this time of the year.

    A joint administrative order by the secretaries of the Agriculture and the Interior departments ordered a closed season in Davao Gulf from June 1 to August 31 every year.

    The closed season for commercial fishing vessels aims to conserve marine resources, secure the spawning period of pelagic fishes in the gulf and implement measures to address illegal, unrepo ...