Aga D. Eduarte
Legazpi City, [01.29.15] – One lifeless male Megamouth Shark [Megachasma Peligios] measuring 4.6 meters was found beached in a fishing Village of Marigondon, Pio Duran, Albay in the morning on January 28, 2015.
Residents of Barangay Marigondon, Pio Duran first saw the creature lying dead along the shoreline of their village early morning with its tail cut, they documented the huge marine creature and reported immediately to the local authorities of Pio Duran.
BFAR personnel were notified by Municipal Agriculture Office of Pio Duran rushed to the site where the big fish got aground to take action on how it can be preserved and conducted study on the cause of death of the rare shark specie.
The male shark weighs one ton with a length of 4.6 meters long was brought by the authorities to a private Ice plant in Cullat, Daraga, Albay Wednesday afternoon, BFAR officials said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Enolva, spokesperson of BFAR appealed to Albay Governor Joey Salceda to preserve the big sea mammal through taxidermy and have it displayed in a museum in Albay, so that Albayanos and other people will be able to see what a megamouth shark looks like.
Preservation through taxidermy, the generations to come will still be able to see the creature’s appearance without going out to deep see or elsewhere.
Megamouth shark have only 99 sightings world wide, 10 sightings in the Philippines and is considered as endangered species.
Three years back, a megamouth shark was also found in Donsol town in the province of Sorsogon. The towns of Pio Duran and Donsol are adjoining municipalities of Albay and Sorsogon and share the same shoreline facing Burias Pass where the famous whalesharks, dolphins and other rare marine species abounds.
There are only 66 documented specimen of megamouth sharks in the world, 15 of these cases was in the Philippines and two in Bicol region.