Hundreds of dolphins stranded at Philippine bay

Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:22am EST
 
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PILAR, Philippines (Reuters) - Dozens of Philippine fishing boats tried to stop hundreds of disoriented dolphins from beaching themselves near the mouth of Manila Bay on Tuesday, officials said.

Inspector Edgardo Bernardo, police chief in Pilar town in Bataan, said many of the dolphins were found in shallow water and some had come ashore, including three in a bad condition due to wounds.

Malcolm Sarmiento, head of the fisheries and aquatic resources bureau, said experts were studying whether an underwater quake had disoriented the animals or the pack of dolphins followed a sick leader.

"Many strange things are happening in our oceans now and we still don't have any explanation for these occurrences," Sarmiento said.

(Additional reporting by Manny Mogato; Editing by Rosemarie Francisco)

 
<p>Dolphins drift toward a fishing village in Pilar town, Bataan province February 10, 2009 in this video grab. Dozens of Philippine fishing boats tried to stop hundreds of disoriented dolphins from beaching themselves near the mouth of Manila Bay on Tuesday, officials said. REUTERS/ABS-CBN via Reuters TV PHILIPPINES OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN PHILIPPINES.</p>