Five Bryde’s Whales Spotted near Island in Surat Thani

Surat Thani –

Five Bryde’s whales were spotted near an island in the Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park.

Mu Ko Angthong National Park officials told The Phuket Express that on Monday (February 5th) five Bryde’s whales were sighted by a tour boat crew and passengers between Tai Plao Island and Wow Island (Kite Island). The whales were feeding on shoals of small fish.

In the past, Bryde’s whales traditionally entered the national park area every year from January to March. However, the marine ecological system has recovered significantly after Covid-19. Since 2021, more of them are coming into the national park area. Three years ago, park officials found four of them, two years ago they found six of them, and last year they found four of them.

The Bryde’s Whale is a rare to almost extinct aquatic mammal. The Bryde’s Whale has been listed as a protected animal in Thailand. The presence of the Bryde’s Whale is also seen as an indicator of plentiful marine resources.

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.