By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY — To prevent the possible spread of bacteria, the decomposing carcass of a sperm whale was chopped into pieces and buried in an uninhabited area after it was found floating in the waters off Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
The estimated 40,000 kilos weights sperm whale was found by fisherfolk, floating dead at the coast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on May 9.
“The 17.68 meters (56 feet long) sea sperm whale was so big that at least 30 villagers helped one another in chopping and burying it in an uninhabited area,” said Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Victor R. Sabornido on Friday.
He said the cutting up the giant sperm whale started on Monday, and these were buried on Friday, May 14.
Sabornido personally supervised the process along with the barangay officials of Baculin so that proper health precautionary measures would be followed.
He said local officials, led by Hinatuan town Mayor Shem G. Garay, also helped in burying the whale.