A security guard was on regular duty.
During his shift, he is tasked to protect the place where he is assigned.
And while at work, nothing unusual really happens.
Not on May 6, 2014 at around 3pm.
He found a dead dolphin on the shores of Vistamar Resort, sitio Dapdap, Barangay Mactan.
According to the security guard, he saw the dead dolphin floating in the waters near the resort as early as 6 or 7am.
The security guard then called the local authorities to report what he saw.
Lapu-Lapu City’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) went to check the dolphin at around 6am the next day.
The dolphin was covered in blood and was found to have been wounded on the head.
According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) who also checked the dolphin, it belonged to a pod that is usually seen along the Hilutungan channel.
The dolphin was believed to have been hit by a passing ship. It measures 2.3 meters and weighs 100-150 kilos.
The dolphin was buried in barangay Mactan’s dumpsite.
A sad note.
Talking about Hilutungan Channel where the dolphin was believed to be hit by a vessel, the area was never a shipping lane.
Ships were only able to pass the said channel after typhoon Ruping destroyed the Mandaue-Mactan bridge (old bridge).
Most resorts in Mactan are located in the said area.
The death of a dolphin believed to be hit by a vessel could be a bad omen.
Remember that caused by the collision of a 2Go passenger vessel and St. Thomas Aquinas, a cargo ship, that resulted in the sinking of the passenger ship?
It threatened the beach resorts along Hilutungan channel.
And now this, a dolphin died because it was allegedly hit a a shipping vessel.
How about we petition government to bar shipping vessels from passing through Hilutungan channel?
It will protect the tourism industry in the area and of course the dolphins that calls it their home.