Stranded Rissos Dolphin Rescued In Puerto Princesa

A wounded Risso?s dolphin (Grampus griseus) that got stranded in a coastal area here was reported Friday morning to have been rescued by environment authorities.

A rescue official who refused to be named said the dolphin was found and saved on July 19 along the coast of Sitio Tagbarungis, Barangay Inagawan, in the outskirts of Puerto Princesa.

The dolphin measured three meters (290 cm), and was estimated to be between three to four years old.

The aquatic mammal?s body was reportedly weak and has wounds all over when it was found. But rescuers cannot say where it got them.

It was found and rescued around 11 a.m. on the said day by residents of Tagbarungis, who sought the help of the City Police Office (CPO), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), Bantay Gubat, Bantay Dagat, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), and barangay officials of Inagawan.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Risso's dolphin is the only species of dolphin in the genus Grampus. It is commonly known as the Monk dolphin among Taiwanese fishermen.

In the IUCN Red List, it has been categorized as ?least concern,? which ?does not qualify them to be threatened, near threatened, or conservation

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