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(cause: sea blasting for oil search?)

By Rey Anthony Chiu
Philippine Information Agency

Tagbilaran City -- Pilot whales looking rather weak and acting strangely in the waters off Pamilacan island has alarmed marine biologists and tourists, putting the speculation of the ill-effects of an ongoing seismic survey in Bohol waters.

Governor Erico Aumentado however said the survey proponents, NorAsia Energy have said they have not seen or noticed any marine life directly affected by the survey.

Merlou Reyes, a Bohol tour guide and a former World Wildlife Fund staff reported the “unusual” movements of the pilot whales while on a dolphin and whale watching tour Thursday.

Pilot whales, generally deep sea-going whales are in the Red list of threatened species but have lately found the waters off Pamilacan hospitable to them. The island, though a historically whale hunting ground using an implement called pilak, the residents have been converted to safeguard the whales in lieu of one eco-tourism activity in the dolphin and whale watching tours.

A text message sent to Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Mammal volunteers has again also popped speculations that the “weakened” pilot whales could be disorientated cetaceans within range of the seismic survey.

A current gas and oil exploration less than twenty kilometers from the dolphin and ecotourism zone in the whale watching area is using a specialized air gun to blast off booms of as loud as 200 decibels. The action would allow surveyors to map out the sea floor and detect trapped oil and gas deposits in Maribojoc Bay and Cebu-Bohol strait.

Also residents along the Maribojoc Bay has noticed reduce catch, possibly an effect of the loud booms felt more audibly underwater than over.

Aside from the whales, a resident from Loon has rescued a sea turtle (pawikan) that beached in Tangnan and another fisherman in Maribojoc has reported another sea-turtle stranding in the coasts of the town.

Although marine biologist and species conservation director of the WWF Dr. Arnel Andrew Yaptinchay said the sighted unusual movements may still be all right, he instructed Pamilacan residents to note their observations on the pilot whales off the island. (PIA)

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2007, 11:44:12 PM »
Facts are clear and now, it’s time for Bohol to decide…

We must either go for Oil exploration and abandon Eco-tourism…. Or the reverse….

These two options can not co-exist….
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Reaction from a Boholana in Dubai
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2007, 11:06:31 AM »
This is only the beginning of future disasters when there is oil exploration occurring in our place. The area is not an OPEN SEA. I had been working for the past eleven years on underwater constructions, hydrographic surveys and even oil platform installations here in the middle east. Pollution can not be avoided, but here pollution can be contained because they are equipped and the government is concerned. But here in the Philippines, as we all knew, (CORRUPTION) is rampant in most department of our government. For every oil exploration undertaken, area perimeter limits should be imposed without upsetting the environment or the fishermen, badly affecting their livelihood. Most peorple live a simple LIFE  in Bohol, very rich with natural resources, with crystal beaches and green mountains. I HOPE the people will understand that OIL is indeed HOT and the CORRUPT will only benefIt from it. Ordinary citizens,  particularly the poor will SUFFER more.
 
Mayor Dan Lim's crusade against this whole operation is highly appreciated by all Boholanos working abroad especially here in the middle east
 
Sincerely,

Danny Esperanza Leornas
Emirates Telecommunications Company
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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