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Dolphin Watching in Puerto Princesa PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 May 2006

 THE DAY was exceptionally clear. The ocean underneath our boat was a perfect shade of cold blue; ‘twas a perfect day for dolphin watching.

This summer is the best time for it. Visit Puerto Bay in Puerto Princesa City, where lovely dolphins will greet you without fail. I’ve been into dolphin watching for nearly two years now at the mouth of Puerto Bay, and I never missed seeing one. On this particular day, we spotted a pod of Spinner dolphins just after a 30-minute boat ride.

I was with wildlife vet Dr. Terry Aquino, who said that fishermen consider dolphins as pests since the latter prey on the fish that they use as bait to catch tuna. After our first sighting, we saw a sea of dolphins. Dorsal fins popped out everywhere. Some jumped out of the water and did 360-degree spins in midair. Others got as close as two feet from our boat, even close enough to touch which, of course, is not allowed. The sight was astounding.

Hundreds of dolphins get caught in drift nets every year, which is sad since they can only give birth to a dozen young if they live up to 35 years. A good way of keeping them is through dolphin watching, which we can use to campaign for the preservation of their habitat.

Set aside four hours for it. Pack a bottle of wine, sandwiches, fruit—and a camera is a must (wrapped in plastic).

(by Giga Songco)

 
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