Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monstrous whales and sharks in Torrijos!

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 

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