Photos: Kusoldham Phuket Foundation

Thailand: Young dolphin washes up on Kamala Beach
The body was still fresh when people found it with round wounds on the left side of its body that looks like a bite marks with some scratches.
By Nattha Thepbamrung & Kritsada Mueanhawong , 17th October 2017;

Officers from the Rare Sea Animal Division of the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) have revealed today (October 17) that the dead dolphin found on Kamala Beach washed up ashore yesterday was a young Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei), which is rare in the Andaman Sea. The body is 2 metres long and weighs approximately 70 kilograms.

The body was still fresh when people found it with round wounds on the left side of its body that looks like a bite marks with some scratches.

The team from the PMBC is still checking on the dolphin body to determine the exact cause of the death.

Source: Phuket Gazette

Thailand: Dead Whale and Dolphin washed up on Koh Lanta
Five navy officers were sent to the scene alongside agents from the Rare Sea Animal Division of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre.
By Nattha Thepbamrung & Kritsada Mueanhawong, 14th October 2017;

Sub Lieutenant Nitikorn Chankham from the Royal Thai Navy Area 3 revealed yesterday (October 13) that local fishermen found a dead Whale washed up on Had Nui Beach, in Koh Lanta, Krabi.

Five navy officers were sent to the scene alongside agents from the Rare Sea Animal Division of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre.

The officers presumed that the Whale might have been dead for at least a week as it started to stink and rot. Some parts of its body were already falling off. The whale is approximately 13 metres long. However, they can’t identify what type of whale it is. Near the same area they also found the corpse of a Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) that might have died in the sea and washed up ashore as well.

The team collected samples from the Whale and the Dolphin to make further studies.

Source: Phuket Gazette

A Dolphin calf was found caught in a poh.
Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

Thailand: Outrage over Dolphin death prompts ultimatum
By Kritsada Mueanhawong, 19th September 2016;

Locals in Krabi Province were outraged over the weekend after a social media post went viral yesterday. The post shows a dead baby Dolphin caught in an illegal coastal fishing net system.

A user on the social networking application ‘Line’ shared the photographs, taken in the Khao Khram sub-district’s Tah Paree Bay.

After examining the calf, a Marine official stated that it weighed only about four kilograms, and that it had been stuck in the trap for several days with its intestines ripped out.

Public outcry over the incident prompted Krabi Marine Chief Saen Sringam to issue an ultimatum to the owners of dozens of illegal maze-like nets throughout the bay.

“We are giving the fishermen three months to remove the nets,” Mr Saen said. “If the owners of the devices do not obey, we will fine and prosecute them.”

Source: Phuket Gazette

  1. Vincent Modell (left) and Kusoldharm Foundation volunteers removed the body of a dead female Dolphin.
  2. Mr Patcharaporn rescued the bull Dolphin off of Koh Lanta.
  3. Photos: Kusoldharm Foundation & Winai Sarot

    Thailand: Dolphins washing ashore, injured or dead
    18th July 2016;

    A dead Dolphin was discovered off a Patong Beach and another is recovering at a Royal Thai Navy facility on Koh Lanta. Both were discovered by scuba divers on Saturday.

    Phuket Marine Biological Center veterinarian Patcharaporn Gaewmong told the Phuket Gazette that she believes recent discoveries of sick, injured or dead cetaceans are likely the result of monsoon season currents and winds.

    “This appears normal for what we see around this time of the year; however we are running tests on the body of the Patong female to determine the exact cause of death,” Ms Patcharaporn said. “We will also be looking for environmental factors that may have contributed to this animal’s decline in health.”

    She said that preliminary examinations of the Patong female found wide-spread infections in the animal’s blood.

    That Dolphin was recovered by Kusoldharm Foundation volunteer Vincent Modell after Patong Beach lifeguards notified the organization around 5pm. Mr Modell is also a full-time scuba instructor at Sea Fun Divers.

    A 2.5 meter-long male Dolphin was recovered by Blue Planet Divers owner Gediminas Zakarauskas off Koh Lanta, in Krabi, also on Saturday.

    Lieutenant Commander Peerapat Pattanasopon of the Third Naval Area Command told the Gazette that the 60kg Dolphin is being cared for at a Lanta naval facility.

    Lt Peerapat said that Navy staff suspect the Dolphin was injured after being caught in a fishing net, which they believe exhausted the mammal before it managed to free itself.

    The five year old bull Dolphin is the second to be discovered off Lang Sod Beach within a week (story here).

    Source: Phuket Gazette

    The Dolphin washed up on Patong Beach is too badly decomposed to be identified based on photos, whereas the one rescued on Ko Lanta appears to be a Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba).

The Dolphin was originally found some 20 to 30 meters off of the beach.
Photo: Rawai Municipality

Thailand: Dolphin dies despite locals’ efforts
By Kongleaphy Keam, 14th July 2016;

A lost and weakened Dolphin found at Rawai beach last night has died, despite rescuers attempts save the mammal.

Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told the Phuket Gazette that he received a report around 5pm from locals that they had found a Dolphin in trouble off Rawai beach.

“We immediately called the Phuket Marine Biological Center’s (PMBC) Endangered Species Unit,” Mayor Aroon said.

Mayor Aroon said that while they were waiting for officers from PMBC, the Dolphin was washed onto the shore by a strong wave. Locals and the mayor worked together to get the Dolphin back into the sea.

“By the time they had arrived, a crowd of people had gathered, standing around the beach and watching. The Dolphin was about 20 to 30 meters away from shore,” he added.

“She couldn’t swim, so we had to help hold her in the water while waiting,” Mr Aroon said.

The Dolphin was female, weighed about 80 kilograms, and apparently had suffered injuries to its mouth. The Dolphin died while being transferred to the PMBC.

“PMBC officers will examine the body to find out what exactly happened to the Dolphin, but initially believe that she was sick and was too weakened to fight with the strong currents,” Mayor Aroon said.

Source: Phuket Gazette

Based on this post on the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand Facebook page, this was a Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba).

A Naval rescue team helps a rare Striped Dolphin found stranded and injured on Lang Sod Beach, Lanta Noi Island.
Photos: Kritsada Mueanhawong

Thailand: Rescue operation underway to save injured Dolphin
By Kritsada Mueanhawong, 11th July 2016;

The Royal Thai Navy was working to save the life of an injured Dolphin found stranded on a beach on Lanta Noi Island in Krabi yesterday.

Locals found the fatigued cetacean with a damaged left fin on Lang Sod Beach and called the Navy for help.

Lieutenant commander Peerapat Pattanasopon of the Third Naval Area Command rescue unit said the Dolphin appeared to be a female, aged 10-15 years. She measured about 1.5 meters long and weighed about 70 kilograms.

Rescuers presume the Dolphin was unable to keep up with her pod because of her injured fin and was subsequently washed ashore.

Lanta local Sakda Taweemuang said the animal is a rare Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba).

Lcdr Peerapat said the Dolphin is being cared for at the Navy’s Lanta facility with the aim of returning the animal to the open sea once it has been nursed back to health.

Source: Phuket Gazette

National park officials believe the endangered turtle was killed by a boat propeller.
Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

Thailand: Second Turtle killed by propellers in Krabi this week
By Kritsada Mueanhawong, 6th June 2016;

Marine officials are urging boat operators to slow down and take greater care while plying Phang Nga Bay, after the body of a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) washed ashore in Phi Phi National Park on Saturday.

Officers believe the endangered animal was killed by a boat propeller.

“The Turtle is about 90 centimeters long and weighs about 40 kilograms. The shell was broken and it appears that the right front flipper was also slashed. Both eyes had also sustained injuries” said Sarayuth Tanthien, chief of the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park.

Locals found the Turtle at Hat Noppharat Thara Beach at about 8pm on Saturday.

“This is the second Sea Turtle death caused by boat propellers in Krabi this week,” Mr Sarayuth said. “Therefore, I would like to urge all the boat operators to be more careful.”

During monsoon season, the Turtles can be pushed into shallower waters by strong winds and currents, Mr Sarayuth explained.

“Please help each other. We do not want to see more innocent marine deaths,” he said.

Source: Phuket Gazette