Dugong Rescued After Getting Stuck Near a Beach in Trang During Low Tide

Trang –

A dugong was rescued after being found stuck near a beach during low tide at the Libong Island.

The Department of Coastal Resources (DMCR) told the Phuket Express that earlier this week they were notified from an animal volunteer group that they found a living dugong about 500 meters from a beach on the Libong Island.

They arrived to find the stranded dugong but luckily no wounds were found on the animal. The dugong was then pulled back to the sea by volunteers who believed that the dugong was finding sea grass near the beach and was unable to get back to the sea by the time low tide kicked in.

Two days after the stranding incident, the DMCR officials followed up on the dugong with a drone. They found a healthy dugong eating sea grass which they believe was the same dugong they had rescued.

The Phuket Express notes that the dugong is one of Thailand’s Reserved Animals which is nearly extinct. Trang is many dugong’s home due to having lots of sea grass.

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.