Marine Mammal FAQ’s
1. What are marine mammals ?
“Marine mammals” is a collective term pertaining to animals that have the following characteristics: (a) air breathing (b) warm-blooded (endothermic) vertebrates (c) have hair (for whales and dolphins these are just a few hairs around the upper jaw present at birth) (d) feed their young with milk produced by mammary glands of the female (e) rely mainly on aquatic habitats for their food (f) have evolved anatomical features and physiological adaptations to live in the aquatic environment.
2. What are marine mammals of the Philippines?
Marine mammals of the Philippines comprise 28 cetacean species and 1 sirenian.
3. What is PMMSN?
The Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network‘s (PMMSN) main objectives are to rescue, rehabilitate and release stranded marine mammals nationwide. It is a SEC registered non-profit organization established in October 2005 whose main member organizations include the DA-BFAR, Local Government Units (LGUs), UP Diliman’s Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology (UPD IESM) and Ocean Adventure. The PMMSN’s core revolve in the 5 Rs: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Release/ Refloat, Repository and Research.