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.
Our friends in Thailand are currently rehabilitating a young male Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in Sri Bo Ya island, Krabi, Thailand. A young female died before the vets arrived at the stranding site. Their team is lead by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
Vincent Modell (left) and Kusoldharm Foundation volunteers removed the body of a dead female Dolphin.
Mr Patcharaporn rescued the bull Dolphin off of Koh Lanta.
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).
These two Striped Dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) did not survive a mass stranding event of six individuals in Malaconini, Siruma, Camarines Sur yesterday. BFAR 5-FIRST rescue team was able to release 4 animals back to the sea (2 yesterday and 2 today). They reported “death likely caused by blast fishing.”
Six Striped Dolphins stranded yesterday in Malaconini, Siruma, Camarines Sur. Four of them were released yesterday and today. The other two, unfortunately, died. Necropsy of the two dolphins suggests that they were victims of blast trauma (dynamite fishing)… Many thanks to BFAR 5-FIRST for their continued efforts in responding to marine mammal strandings in the Bicol region.
A female Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) stranded on Rawai Beach in Phuket. It was rescued, but died in the midst of receiving treatment. It would appear that this is the same Dolphin mentioned in Phuket News and Phuket Gazette.
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.
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.
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.