Influx of tamban fish spotted in Maasim, Sarangani
Influx of tamban fish spotted in Maasim, Sarangani
Influx of tamban fish spotted in Maasim, Sarangani
by Ellicia Del Mundo08 January 2024
Photo courtesy: Mark Achieval Ventic Tagum / Facebook page

A great influx of tamban fish greeted residents and tourists by the shoreline of Brgy. Tinoto, Maasim town, Sarangani on Sunday morning, January 7.

According to DZRH broadcast journalist Jun Dimacutac's report during Rapido Hataw Balita, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said the influx of tamban, or what locals called as "isdang lopoy", was driven by the sudden change in sea temperature.

BFAR also reportedly said that the outflow of tamban was caused by a "natural phenomenon".

Residents rushed to the seashore, carrying basins, buckets, and other containers to take home several fish.


As per Dimacutac, some residents considered the excessive large volume of isdang lopoy as an "abundant blessing by mother nature," while some others believe that it may be a warning against an impending natural disaster.

In the past, huge amounts of tamban fish have also reportedly washed ashore in Mindanao.

The BFAR has yet to confirm if the tamban fish is safe for consumption.

The flow of millions of isdang lopoy was captured and posted by netizen, Mark Achieval Ventic Tagum.


In his Facebook post, residents and even tourists could be seen gathering kilos of fish into their respective containers.

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