Dead dolphins wash ashore in Prachuap, Nakhon Si

KHAO TAKIEP, HUA HIN: The Thai News Agency on December 17 reported on two separate dolphin carcasses found washed up on the beach – one in Tha Sala district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and one in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

An officer with one of the dolphin carcasses discovered washed ashore in the Gulf of Thailand on December 17, 2018. Photo: Thai News Agency.

The carcasses were each about one meter long and identified as Irawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris).

Marine biologists from the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center determined that the dolphin carcass found in the Tha Keun subdistrict (ตำบลท่าขื้น อำเภอท่าศาลา) of Nakhon Si Thammarat perished no less than two days prior to its discovery, and had most likely washed ashore after becoming ill and weak. 

The dolphin carcass found near Khao Takiep (เขาตะเกียบ) just south of Hua Hin City in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, was identified as a female and authorities reportedly did not observe any signs of aggression; nonetheless, the carcass was being examined by the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center in the Lower Gulf of Thailand in Chumphon province at time of press. 

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