Another large sea creature had been found on the Philippine shores, this time in Kiamba, Sarangani. It was really weak when discovered, but eventually died.
On Wednesday, residents living near the coastal area of Barangay Kayupo found a sea cow (dugong) hovering between life and death on the shore. The sea cow was estimated to weigh over 500 kilos and span to twelve feet.
According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), it was possible that the sea cow got caught on fish nets or on the reef, but the government agency still drew some blood to learn the real cause of its death.
It was not the first time this year that such occurrence happened, though. Just this January, a deceased sea cow was found on the shore of Barangay Lisub Barbaza, Antique, while a baby sea cow was found and rescued in Infanta, Quezon.
Last year, a sea cow and its baby were found dead in Glan, Saranggani, while several others were found in Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Davao Oriental.An adult dugong stranded dead in Barangay Kayupo, Kiamba, Sarangani Province yesterday. (Reynan Catubig) @gmanews @dzbb pic.twitter.com/7ab668qFYC— hero peewee bacuño (@hero_peewee) March 2, 2017
It was unclear, though, if the cause of death of the deceased sea mammals were all the same.
Sea cows, commonly found in the North Pacific Ocean, are marine herbivorous mammals. They are considered endangered and are a protected species.
The discovery of the dead sea cow joins the list of unusual sightings of deceased sea creatures found on Philippines shores which are causing fear and panic to both local citizens and netizens due to speculations that the said incidents are a bad omen of impending disasters.