The dolphin is now under the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Thailand: Beached dolphin rescued north of Phuket
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 13th July 2015;
Staff at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) are hoping that a sick female dolphin recovered from Tah Noon Beach in Phang Nga, across the bridges at the northern tip of Phuket, at about 9am today (July 13) will make a full recovery.
Local rescue were called in to render assistance and on arrival found people caring for the dolphin by keeping it wrapped in wet blankets to prevent its skin from drying out.
The dolphin, a 23.2kg female, was taken to to the PMBC, where marine biologists identified that the sea mammal was suffering from difficulty of breathing and exhibited abrasions on the skin.
“We believe the dolphin has a blood infection,” one staffer told The Phuket News. “She might have been too weak to stay with her school and eventually beached by the strong wind and currents brought on by the southwest monsoon.”
“We will do our best to make sure she makes a full recovery and keep her here until until she can swim well on her own.”
Source: Phuket News
Based on the length of the dolphin’s beak in the photo, this is a Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris).