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Dolphin discovery hints at unexplored biodiversity-rich marine habitat
The body of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin found in the waters of Calabanga, Camarines Sur. —PHOTO COURTESY OF BFAR

Dolphin discovery hints at unexplored biodiversity-rich marine habitat

A rare Irrawaddy dolphin found dead in the waters of Calabanga, Camarines Sur, has suggested to scientists a rich marine biodiversity corridor yet to be discovered and explored in the eastern side of the Philippines. Named “Calab” by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Marine Mammals Stranding Network (PMMSN), the dolphin, an otherwise healthy female...

Smallest rafflesia blooms reveal some family secrets
The endangered rafflesia flower is infamous for its rotting-flesh smell. —PHOTO BY ERIKA MARIE BASCOS

Smallest rafflesia blooms reveal some family secrets

Most likely, the world has heard about the awesome rafflesia bloom, its rarity and inherent malodorous turnoff. But Filipino scientists are keen on further unlocking the mystery and meaning of the plant’s parasitic existence.       Nearly half, or 13, of the more than 30 rafflesia species currently identified and all endemic to Southeast Asia are found in the Philippines. One species,...

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