October 1st, 2016 (Jun Elias). SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A female baby pygmy sperm whale, more than six feet long with 45 inches body circumference and weighing at least 100 kilos, was found stranded yesterday morning at the shoreline of Barangay Carlatan here.
Christopher Apilado, of the city veterinary office, said the whale, estimated to be a year old, might have strayed from her mother and could have been waylaid by fishermen as indicated by injuries on her tail and left eye caused by a pointed object.
The whale was brought for treatment at the facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Sto. Tomas town by joint personnel of the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council and BFAR.