A dead whale shark known locally as “butanding” which weighed approximately 700 kilograms was found by a fisherman off the coast of Barangay Pangabuan in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental at around 5:00pm Saturday, July 2, 2022. Local authorities state that the whale shark may have lost its way around Panguil Bay and got snagged by abandoned fishpens in the area as manifested by its wounds that could have led to its death.

Accordingly, Pangabuan Brgy Capt Norma Alngohuro had already coordinated with City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Dioscoro Tigol on burrying it at the city landfill area. Watch as fisherfolk get a glimpse of the rare find.


photos by Ellite Laviste

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