Thursday, 24 February 2011

Environmentalists Confirm Existence of New Whale Species in the Philippines

Environmentalists have confirmed the existence of the gingko-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) in Philippine waters.

A report of the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) and said the discovery brings the number of cetaceans (creatures such as whales and dolphins) occurring in the Philippines to 27.

The Mesoplodon ginkgodens was first found alive in the shallow shores of Sitio Matang-ib, Cawag, Subic, Zambales on April 20 last year.

The gingko-toothed beaked whale, which unfortunately died the next day was misidentified as a Blainville’s beaked whale by Ocean Adventure, a captive dolphin entertainment facility.

According to Ocean Adventure consultant Dr. Lem Aragones, the whale was identified as Blainville's beaked whale because that is the more familiar species.

Read the article online HERE...