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We aim to provide baseline data for the management and conservation of whales and dolphins in the Philippines. By increasing knowledge and awareness about cetaceans in the country, we hope to increase the capacity of local communities for conducting cetacean research and promote active participation in conservation.

Balyena 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 ...

  • Bughaw The Blue Whale Shows Up Off Dumaguete

    Environmental protection and preservation advocates here are calling on the public to help them document and protect a blue whale, now popularly known as "Bughaw," which has been sighted numerous times in Negros Oriental this summer.

    The Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) sounded off the call through social media the other day in an effort to help them monitor the activities and the whereabouts of Bughaw and perhaps gather more information that would aid research on the blue whale species.

    To date, there is very little information globally on the blue whale, which is the lar ...

  • Public Urged To Help Document Blue Whale

    Individuals and groups advocating for the protection and conservation of the environment are calling on the public to help them document the blue whale, now popularly known as Bughaw, that has been sighted many times in Negros Oriental this summer.

    The Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines sounded off the call through social media Wednesday in an effort to help them monitor the activities and the whereabouts of Bughaw and perhaps gather more information that would aid research on the blue whale species.

    To date, there is very little information globally of the blue whale, which is the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cebu Ocean Park Project Draws Flak

    Work on the Cebu Ocean Park at the South Road Properties (SRP) has barely started but an online petition opposing the project has already drawn more than 1,000 signatures.

    Joan Clarice Caccam, a senior digital business manager for a digital marketing agency in Quezon City, said she got worked up when she read about the project.

    "As a concerned citizen, I saw the news posted at the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines and felt strongly about the issue. I felt that it was not right that wildlife be put in captivity for entertainment purposes, and to make profit out of this form of abus ...