Chasing ‘Lumbalumba’ (The Dolphin Watch)
By Jojie Alcantara
Saturday, July 2, 2011
IN 2003, I wrote an article with a similar title. Today, I am not rehashing the story but rather waxing nostalgic over an old amusing incident in my beautiful birthplace of Mati, Davao Oriental.
“Lumbalumba” was a term I learned in Indonesia when I worked with and marine biologists and environmentalists in 1995. During this period in my life, I stayed near a beach front in Manado, North Sulawesi, famous for its spectacular underwater sanctuary in Bunaken.
I’ve seen these lovely creatures cavorting in the waters, in and around boats, while fishermen ignored them. “Lumbalumba” was how dolphins were called in Filipino, Indonesian and Malay dialect.
My fascination began when I got a book, “A Field Guide to Whales and Dolphins in the Philippines” by Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan of WWF Philippines (I got to meet this cool guy, too). I started painting dolphins and aquatic creatures on shirts. This was how I got familiar with their shapes and characteristics.
According to Lory Tan, whales and dolphins have been known in Philippine waters for a very long time.
In the classic tale Moby Dick, Captain Ahab and his crew sail through the Philippine Islands in search of the great white whale. Whales and dolphins are seen regularly in deep waters around Visayas and Mindanao, Sulu Sea, Northern Palawan, and Balintang and Bashi Channels in Batanes.
Often found in very deep waters, the chances of seeing a whale or dolphin are best when the seas are flat and calm. Whale and dolphin sightings have been recorded around Davao Gulf, near Samal, Mati and General Santos, and were documented in Tan’s illustrative book (how I wish I can join him in an expedition someday).
Flashback in 2003, Mayor Francisco Rabat’s chief of staff Richard Villacorte excitedly texted me about “riding in the open sea off Tambak when a school of thirty dolphins danced and played in the waters for 12 minutes!”
So engrossed were they that they just clapped and laughed at the wonderful sight, forgetting to use cameras. [Read the rest of the article at SunStar.com.ph.]
Some other closely related websites are Sulawesi Tour, Rainbow Tours & Travel Manado, Manado Golden Tours, Star Express Tours & Travel, Sulawesi Tour Guide, AVM Tours Manado — there are clearly no shortage of Manado tour providers.
Here are some other related references that I am adding in an August 5, 2012, edit to this post:
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Publish Date: 07/26/2012 10:57
Manado Holiday Packages and other Discount Holiday Packages in Indonesia with good quality by Mariee Holiday Tour & Travel.
Publish Date: 04/30/2012 2:45
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Publish Date: 07/16/2012 5:59
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Publish Date: 02/09/2011 0:37
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Publish Date: 01/17/2012 12:03
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Publish Date: 02/11/2012 8:41
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Publish Date: 07/11/2012 22:05
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Publish Date: 07/10/2012 23:03
Manado Highland Tour: North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Uploaded by travelswithsheila on Aug 21, 2008
Our scheduled hike up Mount Mahawu, one of the volcanos around Manado, was rained out big time. Oh well…. A tour of the highlands instead with time spent learning about typical, stilted Minahansan houses.
They build. You buy. They ship by container. Big or small and a hot commodity for shipment to Thailand and other Asian countries.
Manado North Sulawesi – Indonesia