An injured striped male dolphin was rescued after being found washed up on Nai Yang beach in the Thalang district of Phuket island early this morning, April 24th.
Sorasak Rananan, chief of Sirinat National Park, said that the dolphin was discovered by local residents about 7:30 AM. of Sunday. The national park officials arrived after being alerted of the incident.
According to the officials, the stranded mammal was about 1.70 meters long, weighed about 80 kilograms and looked fatigued. The staff then brought a stretcher and provided first aid before bringing him up to the shore and delivered him to Sireetarn Marine Endangered Animals Rescue Center for medical treatment.
Rescue Center veterinarian Patcharaporn Kaewmong revealed that the dolphin was wounded on the tail, on the right side of the body, and at the mouth. The animal was still in a weak condition and needed to be monitored closely.
Sorasak said that four dolphins had been previously spotted close to the shore on Saturday. They were pushed away but he did not know whether the washed up dolphin found today was one of them. He assumed that the dolphin might have been injured while being trapped in a fishing net.
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