Albino Omura Whale Spotted Again in Phang Nga


A rare albino Omura whale, initially spotted off Phuket’s Coral Island on January 1st, has been observed again in the Andaman Sea near Phang Nga province. The recent sighting was near Richelieu Rock, a renowned diving spot 45 kilometers from the mainland.

Despite efforts by the Marine and Coastal Resources Department and the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to locate the whale after its first appearance, it remained elusive until its recent rediscovery. The sighting has been deemed a “miracle” by Kasetsart University lecturer and marine expert Assoc Prof Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, sparking an extensive survey of Thailand’s waters.

While several ordinary Omura whales have been found, this particular albino whale’s reappearance, roughly 250 kilometers from its initial location, suggests it is the same individual due to the rarity of albinism among these whales.

The coincidence of its sightings on both International New Year’s Day and Chinese New Year has intrigued many, including Dr. Thon, who hopes this will aid in understanding the habitat range of Omura whales and formulating conservation strategies.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

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.