The photos of a huge carcass washed up last February 21 along the shore of Cagdianao town in Dinagat Island went viral in social media yesterday.

This followed a series of sea animal beaching off Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region. The carcass is more commonly known as a “globster”, or “a unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water and is distinguished from a normal beached carcass by being hard to identify, at least by initial untrained observers, and by creating controversy as to its identity”.

But local officials in Dinagat identified it as a dead “Sea Cow” or Dugong with a scientific name “Trichechus”. Accordingly, the Municipal Agriculture Office is now conducting investigation to determine the cause of death of the said sea creature. (Photo credits: Marjorie Cabatingan Aboy)

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