Thailand: Officials unable to save Dolphin rescued from Phuket beach
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 22nd October 2016;
A Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) which was rescued from the shore of Patong Beach today (October 22) died whilst being taken to the Phuket Marine Biology Centre (PMBC).
At around 11:30am, local rescue workers were called to render assistance at Patong Beach where a sick Dolphin was found washed ashore.
Kusoldharm rescue workers, along with lifeguards, tried to pull the Dolphin back to the sea, but the Dolphin kept swimming ashore, so the rescue staff informed the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) and requested assistance.
PMBC officials arrived at the scene and arranged transportation of the Dolphin to their facility, but the mammal died before reaching the centre.
“Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation staff believe the Dolphin came to the beach because of a sickness,” said Prathaiyuth Chuayuan, head of thr Phuket Lifeguard Service.
According to Phuket lifeguards, the Dolphin weighed around 100-150kg. The mammal’s gender is yet to be identified.
Discovery of the skeletal remains of a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.), likely an Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) in Ranot District, Songkhla Province. Tooth samples were collected and the rest of the remains were buried.
A 2.7m Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) stranded in Onay beach, Doña Luisa, Laoang, Northern Samar today. Efforts to save the marine mammal failed and a post mortem analysis is now being performed by the Laoang Municipal Veterinarian. There seems to be other Dolphins stranded at the same time in Rawis, Laoang and Pambujan, Northern Samar, In total they reported: one death, two unaccounted, and three under observation.
A large male Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) was found dead on the shore in Trang. Weighing 92 kilograms, and 216 centimetres in length, it is thought to have been killed by stormy weather conditions.
Updating the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) stranding that happened on 25 March in Balikpapan mangrove. It seems the mother returned to the Somber River on Tuesday 29 March. The locals rescued the dolphin and returned it to the estuary. Thanks a lot for that. However, despite the good intention, the locals still need training on proper first responder techniques (see photos). Hopefully one will be done this April with BPSPL Balikpapan and RASI. Also, it’s unclear whether the second photo is from the same day or not, most likely earlier due to the absence of the head injury. Which might imply that the mother had returned twice. Will post more updates once we have clarified this matter.
Two Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.) stranded alive at the mangroves of Balikpapan Bay on 25 March 2016. Edit: mother was refloated back alive, but calf died. A necropsy is underway. News from Maulana Malik and Danielle Kreb (Yayasan RASI). Photo from Maulana Malik.
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