It was on or about 5:30 in the afternoon of June 18, 2017 when the operatives of the Boac PNP informed the team leader of the Marinduque Animal & Wildlife Rescue Emergency Response Team to identify and conduct necropsy on a giant moonfish or Opah which was found dead in the shoreline of Brgy. Balaring, Boac, Marinduque. ACTION TAKEN : We took some vital information measured the giant fish and conducted necropsy procedures. The most significant findings were the plastic garbage eaten by this creature which was suspectedly mistaken as of that of a squid or a jelly fish, a main diet of an Opah. No other significant manifestation was observed in other organs. Measurements taken: Body Length….4.8 feet Body Width…..3.4 feet Weight …. Approximately 65 kgs. The moonfish (Opah) is a round and flat fish with a highly keeled and compressed body. Its body is covered with minute cycloid scales. This fish has a pointed snout with a small and toothless mouth. The moonfish dwells in depth of 164-1,312 feet with water temperature ranging from 46-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Juveniles are known to feed on pelagic invertebrates including crabs, larvae, as well as isopods and copepods.
The Provincial Veterinarian while initiating the necropsy procedure in the huge juvenile moonfish (Opah).
Dr. JM Victoria, DVM found garbage plastic in the belly of the said Opah which was suspectedly caused the death of this poor creature.
Plastic garbage found in the belly of Opah, which was allegedly caused of his death.
Dr. JM Victoria,DVM & Team Leader of the Marinduque Animal & Wildlife Rescue Emergency Response Team while continued conducting necropsy procedure in the internal organs of the Opah .
In this photo – Dr. Josue M. Victoria,DVM the Team Leader of the Marinduque Animal & Wildlife Rescue Emergency Response Team (center) with the operatives from the PNP-Boac (in blueuniform), Brgy. Captain Floresita M. Almadin with Brgy. Councilors of Brgy. Balaring Boac, Marinduque assisted and informed the incident of this juvenile Moonfish.