The Whale’s body was found by tour groups at Similan National Phuket.
Photo: Medsye Travel

Thailand: Phuket search launched for ‘missing’ dead Whale
By Tanyaluk Sakoot & Eakkapop Thongtub, 13th April 2016;

Officials are on the lookout for the body of a 20-metre long Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) that is expected to reach the Sarasin Bridge, at the northern tip of Phuket, late this afternoon (Apr 13).

The remains were reported by a tour company at about 6pm yesterday, which spotted the remains about 12 nautical miles from Tab Lamu Pier.

“From the pictures we received, we believe the Whale died three to four days before earlier,” said Nat Kongkesorn, Chief of Similan National Park.

“We have been looking for the Whale since this morning, but have yet to find it. Depending on weather conditions, it might reach Sarasin Bridge this afternoon,” he said.

“I have informed the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC). If the Whale is found, the PMBC will examine the remains to try to determine the cause of death,” Chief Nat added.

The PMBC confirmed their officers have launched a search for the Whale.

Any persons who seen the Whale’s remains are urged to call the PMBC at 076-391128.

Source: Phuket News

20 metres is too large for it to be a Bryde’s Whale; either it’s a larger species of Rorqual, or the size given is erroneous.

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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