Cagayan, Philippines – A group of dolphins trapped in a fisherman’s net near the shore in Aparri was freed by residents and local rescuers in the province on July 27, 2022.
Jefferson Soriano, the focal person of DA-BFAR 2 Marine Mammal Stranding and Rescue Operations Task Force, explained that marine mammals get driven to the shore due to unusual weather or oceanographic events, earthquakes, and entanglement in fishing nets, among others.
The group of six dolphins was spotted around 10:00 in the morning of said date, entangled in a fishing net owned by a local fisherman in Barangay Dodan, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2 reported.
Upon being informed of the incident, authorities together with Cagayan Provincial Fisheries Office technical staff trained on Marine Mammal Stranding and Rescue Operations proceeded to the area to free the animals.
Stranded animals can die in a few hours or days if not properly handled or attended to.
After the rescue, all six dolphins swam safely back to the sea.
Earlier, authorities and the community also helped a sea turtle that was stranded on the shore in Barangay Paddaya in Aparri.
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