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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Whale shark freed

A 10-foot whale shark, locally known as butanding, was freed yesterday from a fish cage in Brgy. Pasil, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.

Pasil barangay chairwoman Sharen Belen led her constituents and fisherfolk in removing the trapped butanding from the fish cage.

The butanding, which is called a“gentle giant” feeds on “hipon” (tiny shrimps).

Aside from the butanding, Jojo Vargas, EB Magalona Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer, said yesterday that sea turtles and dolphins have also gone astray in the territorial waters of Brgy. Pasil in EB Magalona.

Belen said fishermen in the barangay are aware of the need to free endangered species that may be trapped in fish cages or fish nets.

The international Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species has listed “butanding” as an endangered specie, which it said one step close to extinction.*GPB

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