LOOK: Rare golden bangus found in Dagupan City

  • A rare golden bangus or milkfish was found in Dagupan City
  • The owner, Rommel Felomino, initially thought it to be koi fish and was surprised as it was a rare kind of fish
  • The fish has been surrendered to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) “for better care and research purposes”

A rare golden-colored bangus or milkfish was found in Dagupan City.

Image by Rommel Felomino via Facebook

The golden bangus which has amazed the residents and even netizens was already turned over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

BFAR Dagupan center chief Dr. Westly Rosario shared that the fish was handed over to BFAR in Barangay Bonuan Binloc “for better care and research purposes.”

The rare bangus was actually taken care of by Rommel Felomino who said he spotted the fish in his fishpond along with other non-bangus fishes. At first, he said he didn’t recognize the bangus to be of a rare kind and even thought it was a koi fish.

When he soon learned that his koi was a rare golden milkfish, they didn’t hesitate to inform and surrender it to BFAR. Felomino said they are hoping the agency could breed the fish successfully.

BFAR’s Dr. Rosario believes the golden color of the fish was due to an abnormality in its pigmentation and could even be likened to albinism.

Image by Rommel Felomino via Facebook

“It is a phenomenon that needs evaluating. Could be albinism, but may not be true albinism,” Dr. Rosario said.

Currently, the rare golden bangus weighs about 800 grams and is estimated to be around 15 inches long. It is kept in a hatchery reservoir at the BFAR where people can view it from afar.

This is the second golden bangus to be documented in the Philippines. The first one was found back in 2012 and was also placed under the care of the BFAR.