Dolphins found dead with bullet wounds



A DOG stands guard over a dead dolphin being buried in the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ Fish Cemetery in Dagupan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/WESTLY ROSARIO

DAGUPAN CITY—Two dolphins and a sea turtle with hack wounds were found dead in separate sections of the Lingayen beach on Friday.

The first dolphin was recovered at the beach front near the Pangasinan capitol, said Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center at the Ilocos office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here.

The male Fraser’s dolphin, which measured 2.36 meters long and 1.18 m wide, bore gunshot wounds across its belly, Rosario said.

A female Fraser’s dolphin, which measured 2.36 m long and 1.2 m wide, was found off the Pangapisan village in Lingayen.

Coast Guard personnel recovered a 15-kilogram Olive Ridley sea turtle (measuring 57 centimeters wide and 78 cm long), which bore a footlong wound across its shell.

“It could have been dead for days as its flesh was already rotting,” Rosario said.

The turtle and the gunshot-riddled dolphin were buried in  the fish cemetery here.

Rosario said officials had to decide  whether the BFAR would preserve the other dolphin.

He said the Lingayen Gulf receive migrating sea animals like dolphins at this time of the year, but fishermen sometimes shoot the mammals because they feed on fish they try to catch. Yolanda Sotelo, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Another cruelty inflicted by some crazed Filipino (s) to harmless God’s creatures.

    • Lee

      God’s harmless creatures

  • go88

    death penalty for those responsible!

  • nancyrose

    We really need to put all these nut cases on an island by themselves in the middle of the pacific ocean surrounded by sharks!!!

  • Happy Whale

    What is the punishment for this crime?

  • RDEF

    Millions of people to feed. The earth cannot sustain the hordes. Mandatory birth control needs to be implemented asis a global one child law. The Philippines is a hotbed for animal abuse and raping the oceans. It must be brought to a halt.

    • Teresa Santos

      Hotbed? How so? It’s developed countries with their large fishing boats that kill lots of fish and pollute the oceans big time.

      • buttones

        PH is a ‘hot bed’ of animal abuse, and species destruction including fish and most marine resources. Many a nation have very strict controls within their boundaries, we have hardly any. How many government scientists are at this moment aboard Filipino flagged fishing vessels monitoring fish catches, sizes, species, fishing methods, net sizes etc- Let me tell you- Not ONE SINGLE ONE. So how on earth can we know the mess we are creating? Yes some countries still use drift nets on the high seas, an illegal pursuit, but the canning factories in the South of PH always welcome the catch, it is sold to them because the boats cannot land illegal catches in their home ports. Do you think your can of tuna was always caught on long lines? Let me mention another animal abuse that draws in billions of dollars a year- grown men betting on the outcome of two poor chickens fighting to the death, now how much more abusive can you get than that? What about the abuse of whale sharks in Visayas, hand fed so the tourist can swim with them or surfboard on their back? I dare not even mention the elephant in Manila Zoo….Do you think our destruction of our environment stops on land?

        Of course we are a hot bed of environmental abuse, we will kill and eat anything that moves, even a crocodile…

  • Mamang Pulis


    sayang yun bala–gamitin nyo na lang sa mga insek-to

  • Teresa Santos

    Many stories of dolphins saving humans. We have to educate these fishermen.

  • boybakal

    Maybe the dog knows who the killer is….the problem is he cannot talk or he might be killed too if he talks er barks.
    Silent witness…he can’t do nothing.

  • Guest

    Revelation 11
    18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name,both great and small—AND FOR DESTROYING THOSE WHO DESTROY THE EARTH.”

    • buttones

      Only after the last tree has been cut down
      Only after the last fish has been caught
      Only after the last river has been poisoned
      Only after the air has been polluted
      Only then will you find money cannot be eaten

  • buttones

    And just the other day Ramon Page was bragging that we Filipinos are the most concerned people when it comes to the environment- Sorry Ramon, we are NOT, this simply is not true, now here’s a small example of ‘our’ complete disregard….I realize Ramon was not talking about killing sea creatures, rather more turning off lights to save the world. And kudos to government for turning off half the power in Mindanao by the way…..

  • buttones

    Inquirer should have a balloon caption competition- I mean [kudos the photographer by the way] what is this dog saying- what is he thinking? Maybe “Alas, poor Dolphin, I knew him well, a creature of infinite jest, [and quite a good swimmer as well….}

  • bok

    Get the bullets for ballistics and further research to find out who owns the firearm. Once caught, shoot that mindless filipino and throw his body in a garbage dump.

  • Ommm

    ” Fish Cemetery??”….looks more like a dumping ground in the sand to me….

    Not only do they poison fish with cyanide in this country…and blow them up with dynamite…now they shoot them too and hack them with bolos.

    The USA and Canada should cut off aid to this country. After all we have many “Marine police” sitting in huts on the beach drinking as they don’t even have a boat to patrol with. Obviously this aid went in some fat cat’s pocket and now you can’t even protect the oceans surrounding us….how very shameful…

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