BUGUEY, Cagayan – A stranded juvenile Dolphin (Pantropical Spotted Dolphin) was rescued by a local fisherman along the shoreline in this municipality at dawn of Sept. 20.
Randy Lunato, 45, who was about to go on fishing, spotted the Dolphin half-buried in the sand and was weak.
The incident was immediately reported to the Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries office of LGU Buguey and to the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Region 2 (DA-BFAR 2) Marine Mammal Rescue Team.
The LGU personnel with the rescue team from BFAR facilitated the transfer of the stranded dolphin to the Buguey Brackishwater Technology Outreach Station in barangay Minanga for rehabilitation and recovery.
Dr. Jefferson Soriano, Focal Person on Marine Mammal Stranding and Rescue Operation, and his team administered medical procedures to determine the cause of the stranding.
“The juvenile dolphin is still in its weak state until Friday (September 22, 2022). It needs intensive care and regular medical attention, because it refuses to eat”, said Soriano.