This conclusion was made by the government agency despite its own prior information on July 20 that:
Ariel Tioquinto, BFAR Fisheries Emergency Response Stranding (FERS) team assistant leader, said the team confirmed that it was indeed a sperm whale measuring 15 meters long, 7.5 meters in diameter and 3 wide. (http://balita.ph/2010/07/20/dead-sperm-whale-fished-out-in-rapu-rapu-albay/)
At 15 meters long, the whale cannot be a female because the maximum length of a female sperm whale is 11 meters; its maximum weight 15 tons. The following data from different references support the hypothesis that it was not a female:
A bull can grow up to 20.5 metres (67 ft) long.
The sperm whale is an animal of extremes in size (up to 18 m), sexual dimorphism (mature males have three times the mass of mature females).
Adult females may grow to lengths of 36 feet (11 m) and weigh 15 tons (13607 kg). Adult males, however, reach about 52 feet (16 m) and may weigh as much as 45 tons (40823 kg). Adult females may grow to lengths of 36 feet (11 m) and weigh 15 tons (13607 kg). Adult males, however, reach about 52 feet (16 m) and may weigh as much as 45 tons (40823 kg).
Sperm whales are the largest toothed whales. Adult males grow to be about 50-60 feet (17-20 meters) long, weighing about 40-50 tons (36-45 tonnes). Females are smaller, about 33-40 feet (11-13 meters) long, weighing about 14-18 tons.
At 12 meters (according to local residents) or 15 meters (according to BFAR V), the sperm whale that died in Rapu-Rapu could not have been a female but a young male. If so, then it could not have died of old age.
Another objection we raise to the BFAR conclusion is the total silence of the agency as to whether or not a sampling and sharing of the samples was done with third-party laboratories. Issuing the old-age cause of the whale’s death, BFAR V clearly shows that it never did any laboratory analysis or waited for any result. It takes 15 days to do the lab test. (On the dead sperm whale in 2006, the Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry (PIPAC) of Ateneo de Manila University received the samples on April 5 and issued the results on April 20, 2006.) The 15-day requisite is confirmed by the Chemistry Department of Aquinas University of Legazpi as a period for the “incubation” of the sample. Releasing its conclusion on July 22, 2010 after visiting the site on July 20 clearly leaves the agency only two (2) days to make any laboratory test, if ever one was done. Also, BFAR V does not cite any basis for its conclusion that old age was the cause of the whale’s death. Hence, it is downright preposterous!
We reiterate our call for a third-party laboratory analysis of the flesh and internal organs of the whale. That is the transparent and objective process that will ascertain the cause of the sperm whale’s death. Anything less than that is another attempt at cover-up.
We plead to all government agencies to stop protecting the interest of aliens and big business. When the miners shall have done their damage and left the island, we the local residents of Bicol will be the ones to work together to clean up their mess. It is time, under the Aquino government, they made amends and performed their sworn duties to the people.