|Beached or caught in the waters of Torrijos? This shark (or is it a butanding, whale shark, or another balyena, really?), is said to have been caught by local fishermen in the open sea off Torrijos in 1979 and brought ashore.|
|In the 80s, this balyena, whale was then caught in the same waters and brought ashore in Cagpo.|
Above photos of shark and whale courtesy of Junmel Tan of Torrijos.
|In 1994 the Archaeology Division of the National Museum received a report from a certain Porferio de Guzman of Brgy. Buangan, Torrijos regarding a sperm whale stripped of its flesh, cleaned and kept by Mr. Luciano Matienzo.|
The complete set of the whale skeleton measures 43.5 ft. long and was identified by the Museum as belonging to a male sperm whale, a highly specially toothed whale of the species Physeter macrocephalus.
The whale skeleton was purchased by the Museum after further verification for a negotiated price. The whale skeleton is now housed at the NM Building as rare osteological material.
Above photo shows similar skeleton of a sperm whale beached in Silago, Southern Leyte in 2000 that measured 52 feet in length. The said skeleton is now housed in a temporary shelter for Southern Leyte tourists to see. A permanent edifice with glass casing will soon be constructed to house the sperm whale's reconstructed bones.
|Sperm whale at sea.|
Also enjoy: Sperm Whale Encounter