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Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines is a non-profit, non-stock conservation organization that aims to foster a better appreciation of the marine environment, its ecological processes and how it affects us all through information dissemination, education, campaigns, training, research, and other related activities. The organization focuses on long-lived marine animals such as dolphins, whales, ...

dugong, sharks, rays and marine turtles: iconic species of the marine environment

Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines News

  • Dugong Released Back To Sea In Brookes Point

    Dugong Released Back To Sea In Brookes Point

    Fishermen in Brooke's Point town released back into the waters of a marine protected area (MPA) in Barangay Maasin a live female "dugong" (sea cow) which got accidentally caught in their fishing net on November 5.

    Richen Mission Bajar, administrative aide of the Office of Municipal Agriculturist of Brooke's Point, said Wednesday on her social media account post that the mammal which weighed around 200 kilos was also released on the same day it was accidentally caught.

    She said it was caught by chance by the fishermen using a beach seine (sinoro) gear.

    "The lucky female sea cow was sec ...

  • Sharks: Going, Going, Gone?

    Sharks: Going, Going, Gone?

    Described as a "highly feared apex predator of the sea," sharks have been on this planet for some 400 million years. They possess replaceable razor-sharp teeth that grow in tens of thousands over a lifetime. Purely designed for killing and eating.

    Sharks help maintain the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. "They are top predators," says Dr. Arnel "AA" Yaptinchay, founder and director of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.

    "Sharks maintain healthy ecosystems by keeping fish populations in check. They remove weak individuals, keeping fish stocks robust," he adds.

    Extinction lo ...

  • Largest Dive Expo In PH Opens In Manila

    The Diving Resort and Travel (DRT) Show 2018, dubbed as the largest dive exposition in the Philippines, opened at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall on Friday.

    The DRT Show is held in seven cities every year and is considered as the "most important event" in the Philippine diving industry, which is making its mark as an ideal dive destination in Asia.

    "This is in line with the Department of Tourism's (DOT) vision to develop and promote the Philippines as a premier diving and business hub in Asia," DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. said during his keynote speech.

    In an interview, he to ...

  • Science Needed To Save Worlds Coral Reefs

    Science Needed To Save Worlds Coral Reefs

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and environmental advocates have found a common ground in calling for science-based solutions to the problem besetting the world's coral reefs.

    Cimatu has earlier called on international governments to invest more in scientific research for the conservation and protection of coral reefs.

    He said science is crucial in shaping plans, policies and programs.

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) chief said support to scientists and investment is imperative to generate more relevant researches that will determine the extent of the da ...

  • Philippines Sees Value In Conserving Sharks And Rays

    Philippines Sees Value In Conserving Sharks And Rays

    Located at the tip of the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is home to more than 200 species of sharks and rays, and declines in their numbers could have negative impacts on marine ecosystems.

    It could also affect the economy: Shark and ray dive tourism helps boost local communities throughout the country, with visitors coming from around the world to see whale sharks in Donsol, whitetip reef sharks in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, and thresher sharks in Malapascua.

    The Philippines government knows the value in protecting sharks a ...

  • National Museum Recovers The Great White Shark From Aurora

    National Museum Recovers The Great White Shark From Aurora

    The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) likes to hang around the coast in oceans in many parts of the world, but not in the Philippines. So when this species of large mackerel shark was found on the beach of Barangay Lobbot, Dipaculao, Aurora on January 24, tourists and locals were surprised and it immediately attracted national attention. It wasn't the first time that this marine animal has been spotted in our waters, said non-government organization Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, but it is the first time that local authorities can preserve parts of the specimen. For this re ...