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

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

Photos: Dr. Jenwit Wanich

As the participants of the Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SEAMMSN) gather during the symposium in Pattaya, Thailand, our friends at the PMBC rescued and are rehabilitating a stranded Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) in Phuket.

Source: Friends of PMMSN – Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Facebook

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

  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).