The Dolphins of Tañon Strait

The Tañon Strait or also known as Kipot ng Tanon is a protected seascape established by President Ramos under Proclamation No. 1234 of 1998.

I went here in connection with my Enviromental Law class, together with a Filipino zoologist from the University of the Philippines Diliman and an American biologist from NOVA Southeastern University to take part in the study of dolphins in Tanon Strait Negros Oriental.

I really had an amazing experience during this time, and I consider myself lucky to be part of this team for it was a once in a life experience.

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The Tañon Strait is known for whale‑ and dolphin‑watching, with tour boats operating from Bais City. Also, you can visit the Manjuyod sand bar located near the area.

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On February 7, 2008 the Supreme Court of the Philippines ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Energy to comment on a certiorari petition filed for baleen and toothed whales, dolphins, porpoises including the Irrawaddy Dolphins, and other cetacean species in the Tañon Strait to stop oil exploration by Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (JAPEX) in the protected waterway. The strait serves as a marine wildlife reserve that provides grounds for breeding, feeding and resting to 11 species of marine mammals. The court was asked to recognize the petitioners as “Filipino mammals” with constitutional rights.

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