Huge dead sperm whale attracts big crowd in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:24

A 52 feet giant dead whale was found adrift off Sacol Island yesterday morning.

The huge marine mammal attracted a big crowd along RT Lim Boulevard and part of the local wharf when it was towed by a Coast Guard boat from Sacol Island water.

Coast Guard Zamboanga Commander Eliezer Dalnay said his men were aboard a coast guard boat on the way to Zamboanga City around 6:12 a.m. when they spotted the dead whale 1.5 nautical miles off Sacol Island.

The whale was towed by the coast guard and BFAR boats to the Zamboanga City port and was later taken to the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology for examination.

Personnel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources were still trying to determine the cause of death of the sea mammal.

Dalnay said that last September 14, they had received areport that a temper-type boat an unknown big mammal along sea while sailing off Basilan island.
The boat propeller was damaged due to the incident.

Experts said the dead marine mammal found adrift off Sacol island was a sperm whale which is believed to be pregnant. It was readied for burial at the fish cemetery of ZSCMST.

Two forklifts and two dumptrucks were used to haul the giant sea creature.

The big crowd took photos and videos using their respective cell phone and cameras of the giant mammal.

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is a marine mammal species, order Cetacea, a toothed whale (odontocete) having the largest brain of any animal. The name comes from the milky-white waxy substance, spermaceti, found in the animal’s head. The sperm whale is the only living member of genus Physeter. The now outdated synonym Physeter catodon refers to the same species. It is one of three extant species in the sperm whale superfamily, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale.

The sperm whale’s unique body is unlikely to be confused with any other species. The sperm whale’s distinctive shape comes from its very large, block-shaped head, which can be one-quarter to one-third of the animal’s length. The S-shaped blowhole is located very close to the front of the head and shifted to the whale’s left. This gives rise to a distinctive bushy, forward-angled spray. — With reports from Dan Toribio Jr. and Vic Larato