The lifeless body of a massive sperm whale washed up on the shores of Sakalig in the town of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental on Saturday.
The whale measured 60 feet in length and 9 feet in width, and was covered in multiple wounds, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Davao said.
The massive carcass of the whale was first spotted by two fishermen, who then reported the incident to a barangay (village) official, who then got in touch with the DENR office in Davao.
Authorities could not determine the whale’s cause of death as of writing, nor where it received its injuries.
However, the environment bureau said that the sperm whale must have already been dead when it washed up on the shore.
Authorities said that the carcass should be disposed of immediately and the area will be temporarily closed off to prevent any hazard to the public.
Davao Occidental is part of Davao region and is one of the country’s largest fish suppliers. In 2019, fish catch in the region was recorded at 48,245.89 metric tons.