A six foot dwarf sperm whale was rescued off the shore in barangay Naguillan, Camiguin Island, Calayan, Cagayan Monday.
The Calayan Maritime Police Precinct (MPP), Eastern Cagayan, Maritime Police Station (MARPSTA) together with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the marine mammal which is approximately 150 kilograms was stranded at the coast.
On sight, the dwarf sperm whale had a scratch at the lower part of its dorsal fin, authorities claimed.
Based on research, dwarf sperm whales grow up to 8.9 feet in length and 250 kilograms in weight making it smaller than the bigger dolphins.
They live in temperate and tropical oceans worldwide and can live up to 22 years.
The rescued dwarf sperm whale was properly released and returned to its natural habitat— the sea, authorities added.
Cagayan Valley regional police director Steve Ludan urged the police to unceasingly serve as role models in valuing marine assets and environmental resources.