Headless Dugong Found on Beach in Krabi

PHOTO: Krabi News

Krabi –

A headless dugong was found on a beach in the Nuea Klong district.

The village headman, Mr. Yongyut Fangkhwa, was notified by locals of the incident on Wednesday (April 19th). He arrived at Baan Lang Koh Beach to find the headless dugong. The dugong weighed about 100 kilograms and was two meters long.

Mr. Yongyut told the Phuket Express that the dugong might have got stuck in a fishing net before its head was cut off. It is also possible that someone wanted to get its fangs as there are some people in Thailand that believe that dugong fangs are holy and precious.

However, the people who did this are not local fishermen according to Yongyut. Local people and fishermen here know that they have to preserve the dugong and its food, sea grass, in the sea.

The village headman has filed a report to police and the Marine Endangered Animal Research Center in Trang was informed. On Thursday (April 20th) they are coming to the beach to get the dead dugong.

The Phuket Express noted dugong is one of Thailand’s Reserved Animals.

This is sadly not the first dugong found deceased recently in Krabi:

A dugong was found dead in the sea in Krabi.

A dugong was sadly found dead on an island in Krabi.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.