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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

  • 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 ...

  • Wounded Whale Rescued In Honda Bay

    Wounded Whale Rescued In Honda Bay

    Environment and maritime authorities on Thursday afternoon released yet another whale that beached off Honda Bay, Barangay Sta. Lourdes.

    Jovic Fabello, the spokesman for the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), suspected the whale, which got stranded on the bays shallow waters around 6 a.m., was the same one that was rescued in Barangay Langogan on Wednesday.

    "Due to its proximity to Langogan, theres a big chance its the same whale that was released yesterday its length is estimated to be around 12-feet long and its left flipper is wounded," he told Palawan News.

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  • Search For Rarest Species Of Whales Dolphins Begins In PHs Bais

    Search For Rarest Species Of Whales Dolphins Begins In PHs Bais

    Like a sports team before a big game, we clasp our hands and bow our heads in prayer except were in the middle of the sea and were surrounded by sweaty boatmen.

    Captain Ricardo Reynaldo finishes his prayer and gestures to the water, strangely calm this morning.

    "The Tanon Strait is famous for its dolphins and whales. Each has its own personality: bottlenose dolphins stay near the shallows, while acrobatic spinner dolphins ply open waters. Larger Rissos dolphins like to float upside down, tails sticking out of the water but the rarest creature of all is the pygmy sperm whale. It is very ...

  • Groups Call For The Conservation Of Over 200 Shark Species In The Philippines

    Groups Call For The Conservation Of Over 200 Shark Species In The Philippines

    After the victorious inclusion and uplisting of several shark species in the Appendices of the 12th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species last 23-28 October 2017 in Manila, shark conservation continues to gain momentum in the Philippines.

    On November 13-14, 2017, Save Sharks Network Philippines (SSNP) launched Pating, Saan ka Pararating?, the 2020 Conservation Roadmap for Sharks and Rays in the Philippines (2020 Roadmap) in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Save Philippine Seas, and Greenpeace Southeast Asia leads the current campaign ...

  • Baby Shark

    Baby Shark

    Some of you must already be sick of hearing the song "Baby Shark." I remember the first time I heard it was during one of Danjugan Islands Marine and Wildlife Camps, before the song became viral. It was silly and we had quite a laugh dancing to it all summer. I didnt expect to be hearing it everywhere now!

    But even if the Baby Shark craze wears out as all fads do, I think its a good thing that sharks are in popular culture and in the consciousness of young kids (and adults!). It is a good starting point for discussions on the true nature of sharks their roles in marine ecosystems and the pl ...