Sarangani, Philippines – Sarangani Bay has confirmed as soon as once more why it is without doubt one of the archipelago’s most biodiverse our bodies of water, with the frequent sightings of marine mammals as reported within the month-to-month monitoring by a composite workforce of provincial and regional environmentalists.
The monitoring workforce just lately sighted three marine mammal species, which embody spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and dugong or sea cow.
Spinner dolphins, small species identified for acrobatic spins once they leap out of the water, are steadily seen close to the waters of General Santos City, and the cities of Glan, Malapatan, and Alabel.
In the meantime, Risso’s are medium-sized, grey-colored dolphins that might develop to about 4 meters, have huge dorsal fins and linear scars, and most steadily sighted close to Malapatan and Gla cities.
The periodic monitoring seeks to find out the frequency of the species of marine mammals, their normal sighting and placement, estimate their inhabitants and density and observe their habits and actions.
Information generated from the enterprise will also be used for future analysis research and ecotourism actions. At present, the bay is amongst prime seaside getaways in Southern Mindanao–the powdery white sand seashores of Glan, the seaside parks and resorts of Gen. Santos, the dive spots of Maasim, and the marine sanctuary of Kiamba.
In response to Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, the mammal sightings attests to its plentiful marine assets, which offer wildlife a protected and ecologically balanced habitat.
He famous that primarily based on the workforce’s experiences, juvenile dolphins and whales will be noticed, which point out that they’re rising in quantity, and so they discover the bay a protected haven to nurture their younger due to the plentiful supply of meals, which includes of fish, squid, octopus, jellyfish, and shrimps.
Funded by Sarangani’s Sulong Kalikasan program, the province has taken a extra lively function in supporting conservation efforts of the physique of water the place it was named after.
The composite monitoring workforce consists of the Division of Setting and Pure Sources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Sources, the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, Gen. Santos Metropolis Setting and Pure Sources Workplace, and Sarangani’s Environmental Conservation and Safety Heart.
Final yr, over 270 dolphins and whales have been noticed third quarter monitoring of the Bay.
Declared a Protected Seascape by the DENR in 1996, Sarangani Bay covers an space of 215,950 hectares and covers the six coastal municipalities of Sarangani and Gen. Santos Metropolis. Thought to be the diving haven of the Soccsksargen area, its coral assets cowl greater than 2,293 hectares unfold over 20 coral reef areas with about 60 necessary reside arduous coral genera, 411 reef species in 46 households. Its seagrass cowl is positioned at 912 hectares, with 11 species.