On the day I visited the museum, by serendipity, the front page article "What's Killing our Whales", appeared on the Mindanao Times with an account of how a very rare "gingko beaked" whale had died off the beaches of Davao and the necropsy done, by D.D. Blatchley, at the D-Bone Museum.
Mr. Blatchley and a crew of local citizens had tried to keep the whale alive when it was discovered lethargically swimming in the bay but, their efforts could not undo the damage of a fisherman's float found in its intestines nor other plastic items, that were the ultimate cause of death.
Indeed, many of the marine animals' bones on display were caused by ocean garbage and the displays have the actual items as were the cause of death displayed with the bones for many as well. Quite fascinating. And, sad. I believe the gingko beaked whale in question in the Mindanao Times will be on display at some time too.
So, it was even more fascinating having the opportunity to have a guided tour of the museum done by Mr. Blatchley himself, in English. His knowledge of marine and land animals is fantastic. There are numerous awards and certificates in the museum attesting to his expertise. His tour was crisp, informative, entertaining, and well worth the time. If I should return to Davao--which I hope someday to do--I will definitely want another visit to the museum.
Hope this google map link helps others locate the museum as I note some reviews indicating it was hard to find: https://www.google.com/maps/place/D'Bone+Collector+Museumemail@example.com,125.612706,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x54d9a93413bc6d7b
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