The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Monday that a whale shark died after becoming entangled in a fish pen in the southern town of Pulupandan in Negros Occidental on Saturday night.
When fisherman Nelson Lim and his four crewmen checked the cage about a kilometer from the shoreline, they discovered the dead whale shark.
According to Petty Officer First Class James Comeros, commander of the Coast Guard Sub-Station at Pulupandan, his personnel confirmed the occurrence when they visited the scene after a local alerted them that a dead whale shark had been brought to the beach of Barangay Zone 1.
He also stated that they collaborated with the Municipal Agriculture Office and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Western Visayas for the cadaver turnover and disposal.
“We also provided assistance when it was buried on Sunday morning,” Comeros said.
On Sunday, a netizen shared on Facebook the photos of the whale shark’s carcass resting on the coast, which according to the PCG report, weighed about two tons and was 7.37 meters long and 1.42 meters wide.
The deceased whale shark is not the same as the one seen in the northern waters of Bacolod last week, according to P/Ens. Kimberly Albia, deputy commander of Coast Guard Station-Negros Occidental.
On September 18, a five-meter-long whale shark was discovered inside a fish cage in Barangay Banago and stayed for two days before leaving.
Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, are declared endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are also protected species under Fisheries Administrative Order 193 and the Philippine Fisheries Code.