The rotting carcass of a male Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris measuring 89.6 centimetres in length was found in Bang Poo, Samut Prakarn.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

Thailand: Kindness is ‘here’
28th June 2016;

Social media members show their respect and admiration for a group of people who worked together to rescue a Malayan Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) that was hit by a car in Bangkok.

Facebook user Jira Niyom posted several photos of the rescue on Monday and wrote: “I would like to thank Soonthorn Katecha for paying the bills and contacting the veterinarian, Juk Noppol for placing traffic cones around the injured monitor lizard to prevent other vehicles running over it, Rachane for taking the animal to the vet, Dr Piyawutthi for deducting his professional fee, and Chantharang for a donation.”

Net users praised this group of “kind hearted” people for unreservedly helping Thailand’s “most hated” reptile. The Thai world for a Monitor Lizard sounds like “here” and the term is mostly used as a curse, like the “F word”, to express disgust, anger, sadness or surprise.

A Facebook user commented that all lives are precious, and the Monitor Lizard was fortunate to meet these nice volunteers.

“The Monitor Lizard is now safe and has been released. If the animal understood the situation, I believe it would want to say ‘thank you’ to these people,” the poster wrote.

Source: Bangkok Post

The badly decomposed carcass of an adult male Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) measuring 220 centimetres in length and weighing 91 kilograms was found along the shore of Bang Krachao in Samut Sakhon Province.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

A female Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) measuring 246 centimetres in length and weighing about 120 kilograms was found along the banks of the Chao Phraya in Mueang Nonthaburi District, Nonthaburi Province. There were no external injuries, but a necropsy found that besides an absence of food in the digestive tract, there was also bronchoconstriction and inflammation of the pharynx, and the right lung was collapsing.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

Thailand: Five Irrawaddy Dolphins rescued by local stranding network
By Natalie Sanders, 12th June 2016;

Petch Manopawitr, Deputy Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group and Director of the IUCN Thailand/Cambodia Transborder Coastal Dolphin Project shared a video link of five Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) that became stranded on 5 May 2016 behind a bamboo fence built to prevent erosion at Krasakao Village in the upper Gulf of Thailand near Bangkok. Volunteers from a local Dolphin stranding network and staff from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources spent a hot afternoon rescuing and successfully releasing the Dolphins back to sea. Petch said that the video shows the success of training provided by IUCN to the Dolphin stranding network and the positive local support they have generated for Dolphin conservation. The dedication of these local people for saving these Dolphins under extremely difficult conditions in the deep mud is inspiring and it bodes well for the long-term success of conservation efforts for Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Gulf of Thailand.

IUCN SSC – Cetacean Specialist Group
, video from Matichon News

A dead Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) was found in Bang Krachao in Samut Sakhon.

Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook

Dead fish, mostly Tilapia, float on the surface of Burachat Chaiyakan pond in the Makkasan area. City Hall officials say an inspection of the pond following complaints by locals found the dissolved oxygen level in the water was zero. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Thailand: Thousands of fish found dead in Makkasan pond
By Supoj Wancharoen, 27th November 2014;

City Hall plans to siphon water from a pond in the Makkasan area after thousands of fish were found dead.

Drainage and Sewerage Department deputy chief Kangwan Deesuwan yesterday said the fish, mostly Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), were found dead in Burachat Chaiyakan pond.

Mr Kangwan said officials discovered the dissolved oxygen level in the pond water had fallen to zero. He said the fish had been dead for about three days.

The officials inspected the pond after a group of residents complained.

The pond is located in property managed by the State Railway of Thailand but the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration decided to take action after receiving the complaints.

Mr Kangwan said City Hall would drain the water out of the pond and then refill it with water from the nearby Khlong Saen Saep.

The deputy chief rejected rumours that some people had poisoned the fish so they could sell them.

Nonn Panitwong, a water ecology adviser at Green World Foundation, said the fish deaths were likely caused by low dissolved oxygen levels, and this could be seen by the dark colour of the water.

He said the pond had not been siphoned after the rainy season and waste under water became more concentrated, resulting in lower levels of dissolved oxygen.

Mr Nonn said Tilapia are known to be one of the toughest species of fish and can endure low levels of dissolved oxygen.

The deaths of the Tilapia indicated the poor condition of the water, he said.

To completely clean the pond, he said, the muddy soil at the bottom of the pond had to be removed and oxygen had to be added back into the water.

Hyacinth can also help absorb waste in water, he said, adding that littering also had to be prohibited.

Source: Bangkok Post