The dead Whale was spotted off Koh Bon.
Photos: Theo Jaubert

Thailand: Officers hunt for dead Whale in Similan National Park
By Kongleaphy Keam, 13th April 2016;

National park officers are searching for a large Whale carcass spotted off Koh Bon in the Similan National Park on Saturday.

“We have received pictures of the whale, which was reportedly already sunburned and foul-smelling. However, we’ve yet to locate the animal,” said Nut Kongkasorn, chief of Mu Ko Similan National Park.

National park officers are hoping to recover the body in order to perform an autopsy and determine the cause of death.

“At this point, we can’t even confirm what species of Whale it is,” Mr Nut said.

Officers ask that if anyone spots this Whale carcass, or any other unusual dead marine animals, to contact them during office hours Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm at 076-453 272.

Source: Phuket Gazette

The carcass has been identified as possibly belonging to a Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni).

The taxonomy of the Bryde’s Whale is still far from settled; what we call the Bryde’s Whale has been split into two subspecies or even distinct species by some authorities: the true Bryde’s Whale, a larger species found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide (Balaenoptera brydei), and the Sittang or Eden’s Whale, a smaller form that may be restricted to coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific (Balaenoptera edeni). Both species(?) have been recorded from tropical waters of Southeast Asia.

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