Dolphins, dugong spotted on Sarangani Bay

Dolphins, dugong spotted on Sarangani Bay
Over 200 spinner and Risso’s dolphins were sighted on the coast of Sarangani province in Mindanao. Photos by: PAMO-SBPS

A Dugong and hundreds of dolphins were spotted by a team of conservationists during its monthly visit to the protected seas of Sarangani Bay in Mindanao.

Marine conservation teams from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 12 (DENR 12) together with the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS), Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XII and General Santos City Environment and Natural Resources Office, reported in early September the sighting of the marine mammals during their monthly monitoring visit held on August 25-28, 2020.

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The group reported spotting 150-200 Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) near the coast of Malapatan.

They also sighted 18 Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) close to the shores of Brgy. Bula in Gensan and Alabel town.

A Dugong (Dugong dugon) was also sighted by the group in Barangay Cablalan, Glan town during their monitoring visit.

Dolphins, dugong spotted on Sarangani Bay
Dugong spotted in the waters off Glan town.

The Kamanga Marine Eco-Tourism Park and Sanctuary in Sarangani province, southern Philippines, was given the 5th Para el Mar (For the Sea) Award for Most Outstanding Marine Protected Areas.

Gumasa Beach in Sarangani was also named among the top islands in the Philippine chosen by Canadian travelers among Asia’s Top 50 Beaches.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipino conservationists and the people of Sarangani province for caring for their Dugong and dolphins in Sarangani Bay.

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