Rare Humpback Whale Sighted off of Phuket

Phuket –

A rare Humpback whale has been sighted off of Phuket.

Mr. Charoen Chanaphon first spotted the Humpback whale and said that while he was piloting a tour boat from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands in Krabi on Wednesday (August 23rd) he found the huge whale which was later identified by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) as a Humpback Whale.

Marine specialist Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat said it has been reported that the Humpback Whale is very rarely seen in the sea around Thailand. This is only the second time that a Humpback Whale has been spotted. The first time in Thailand was reportedly 14 years ago in Phuket and there is only one photo of the Humpback whale that was spotted.

Most of them are found around Okinawa (Japan), Taiwan, the Philippines, and Australia. Large Humpback Whales can be up to 17 meters long and weigh up to 40,000 kilograms.

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.