The dolphin was rescued off the shore of Bon Island off Rawai Beach.
Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thailand:Officials unable to save Dolphin rescued off Phuket
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 11th January 2017;

Officials were unable to save a Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) that was rescued from the shore of Bon Island yesterday (Jan 10) and official from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.(DMCR) told The Phuket News.

Rawai Mayor Mr Aroon Solos was informed by local residents yesterday that they had found an exhausted Dolphin at Bon Island off Rawai Beach. Mr Aroon called the Rare Sea Creatures Section of the Research and Development of Marine Resources and Coastal Mangrove to help with the rescue.

Officials said the Dolphin was a mature male Striped Dolphin, aged between 7-12 years old and weighing between 30-40 kilograms.

“He was exhausted, he did not respond to us and could not swim. We found a number of wounds on its body, but the worst were on its tail.

"It appeared that the Dolphin had already suffered an infection. A veterinarian injected a stimulant and antibiotics, but the Dolphin went into shock and died,” and official from the DMCR said.

The veterinarian who administered the drugs confirmed that the Dolphin had been infected for many days and this is probably the reason it swam to shore.

Source: Phuket News

The hundreds of dead fish were reportedly left behind by fishermen at the south end of Patong.
Photo: Regional Environment Office 15

Thailand: Mass of dead fish on Patong Beach ‘no cause for alarm’, say officials
By , 2016;

Hundreds of dead fish found washed ashore Patong Beach yesterday is no cause for alarm say local officials, and not the result of toxic shock brought on by wastewater pumped into the bay.

The alarm was raised after people reported hundreds of small fish – all dead – along a one-kilometre stretch at the southern end of of Patong Beach at about 5pm to 6pm yesterday (Dec 19).

“The dead fish came from the fishermen who operate out of Klong Pakbang at the southern end of Patong,” Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup told The Phuket News today (Dec 20).

“The fishing community there use beach seines at the south end of Patong Beach. I checked with them and they explained that the small fish were discarded after the fishermen discovered they had caught bigger fish in the nets,” she explained.“

"I will remind them that their actions affect people’s impressions of Patong, and that although they have legal permits to use nets to fish there, they must be responsible and take care of our environment,” Mayor Chalermluck noted.

“This was not the result of wastewater. If it were, I must see the initial report about it so I can fix problem the quickly.”

Mayor Chalermluck pointed out that her office is keeping an eye on pollutants flowing from the canal into Patong Bay.

“I can show last month’s water test results to The Phuket News tomorrow (Dec 21),"” she said.

Pornsri Suthanaruk, Chief of the "Regional Environment Office 15”, based in Phuket, confirmed that her office had investigated the report, and would not take any further action.

“My officers explained to me that this incident resulted from fishing practices used at Patong Beach, not from polluted water,” she told The Phuket News today.

Ms Pornsri noted that her office has long been aware of beach seines used at Patong.

“In this case, it is not necessary yet to conduct water-quality tests, which are costly, and Patong Municipality’s wastewater-treatment plant is good enough,” she said.

Source: Phuket News

Photo: Patong Municipality and VR Patong

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.

Source: Phuket News

The Olive Ridley Turtle was found dead washed ashore at Kamala Beach on Friday (Aug 19).
Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thailand: Large Turtle found dead at Kamala Beach
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 22nd August 2016;

Marine wildlife experts have yet to determine what killed a large Turtle found dead on Kamala Beach on Friday (Aug 19).

Local residents called Kusoldharm rescue workers in Patong after finding the Turtle’s remain washed up on the beach at 10:30am.

The remains were taken to Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC), where experts at the Rare Sea Animal Division are working on determining the animal’s cause of death.

“The Turtle was an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), about 10-15 years. It weighed about 17.5 kilogrammes,” said Dr Patcharaporn Gaewmong, a veterinarian at the PMBC.

“There were no wounds or injuries on the Turtle’s body, and we believe the Turtle died about two to three days before it washed ashore.

"We are working on what caused the Turtle’s death. Due to the condition of the remains, it is proving very difficult to figure this out,” she said.

Source: Phuket News

The Dolphin later died while in the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre.
Photo: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos

Thailand: Officials unable to save female Dolphin rescued from Phuket beach
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 14th July 2016;

A sick and exhausted female Dolphin weighing 80 kilogrammes which was rescued from along the coast of Rawai yesterday (July 13) with the help of Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos died whist in the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC).

PMBC officials were contacted by Mayor Aroon at 6:45pm yesterday and told that a Dolphin had been found swimming along the shore at Rawai Beach. It was said that the Dolphin had many wounds on its body and appeared to be having trouble breathing.

Officials from PMBC and rescue workers managed to bring the Dolphin from the water and transport it to the Marine Biological Centre where it was given care and intravenously given antibiotics. However, the Dolphin later passed away.

Dr Kongkret Kitiwattanawong, Chief of the Phuket Marine Endangered Species Unit, said, “After being brought to the centre, the Dolphin was given veterinary care and antibiotics but it was not enough to save it.

"We believe that the Dolphin died of an infection, however, we will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death,” he said.

Source: Phuket News

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

The dolphin was rescued by the Navy Rescue.
Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thailand: Dolphin rescued on Koh Lanta
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 10th July 2016;

A Dolphin was rescued by the navy at 8am this morning (July 10) after being washed onto Lanta Noi beach off of Krabi.

Lieutenant Peerapon Pantasopon, the chief of the Navy Rescue, said, “A Dolphin that has been grounded cannot be expected to push against heavy winds and tides. It could not swim back into the sea.”

Officials from the Maritime fleet stationed in Lanta Noi helped move the Dolphin onto a pickup truck. The Dolphin’s spine was weak, and coupled with wounds, was unable to swim back into the sea.

Authorities took the Dolphin to be temporarily kept in Lanta district, to await marine experts from Phuket, who have expertise in treating marine animals.

Source: Phuket News

The Dolphin in the photo is a Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba).

  1. The Turtle’s front left flipper had been virtually ripped off.
  2. Rescue workers help transport the injured Turtle to the Marine Biology Centre.

Photos: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thailand: Injured sea turtle found washed up on Phuket beach
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 7th July 2016;

An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) of an unknown age and sex was found washed up on Karon Beach yesterday afternoon (July 6) with one of its flippers badly slashed. Marine biology officials have said they believe the flipper was damaged by a fishing net.

Officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) at Cape Panwa were informed at 4pm by Petty Officer 1st class Jirasak Chugaung of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command that the lifeguard team at Karon Beach had found an injured turtle washed up on the beach.

Mr Jirasak said, “The Turtle was injured but it still alive. Kusoldharm rescue workers and officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre came to the beach and helped transport it to the centre.

"Marine Officials said that the injured Turtle found was an Olive Ridley weighing about 50 kilograms. Its front left flipper was nearly broken off and there were scratches and wounds all over its body. The officials said that the injuries probably came from fishing nets. They believe the Turtle got trapped in the fishing net and it injured itself whilst trying to escape. Officials were not able to say the sex or age of the turtle,” he said.

“However, the Marine Endangered Species Unit at PMBC are treating the injured Turtle, and I was told it will recover fully from its injuries and once this has happened they will release it back into the sea,” he added.

Source: Phuket News