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Marine mammal monitoring in Sarangani Bay

Marine mammal monitoring in Sarangani Bay

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 31, 2020) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-Sarangani), together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-XII), Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC-Sarangani) and Provincial Information Office (PIO), conducts marine mammal monitoring on August 28 in Sarangani Bay. Funded by the governor’s office, the activity was done in order to “know the frequency of the species of marine mammals, their usual sighting and location, estimate their population and density, and observe their behavior and activities within the Bay.” According to Gary Jan Cabinta, Ecosystems Management Specialist I of DENR Sarangani, as well as the team leader and documenter of the monitoring, another purpose of the activity is “for future research studies and tourism of Sarangani Bay.” During the four days of monitoring which started on August 25, Cabinta said the team observed “juvenile or calf sa Risso’s ug spinner dolphins, so medyo elusive sila sa atua during the entire duration of the monitoring. As far as the research is concerned, murag transient species sila diri or they move away from the Bay and then nagabalik sila diri siguro for feeding and pag-nurture sa ilang calf.” On the second day, the team also spotted a dugong at barangay Cablalan in Glan. “Nakit-an pod nato ang expanse sa seagrass within sa Cablalan. Medyo lapad-lapad pod ilang seagrass, so didto naga-feed ang dugong,” Cabinta said. With the partnership of DENR and the provincial government of Sarangani, Cabinta expressed his gratitude for the “support and cooperation for the good of Sarangani Bay.” (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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