Large, Rare, Bryde’s Whale Dies off Samui Island

Surat Thani –

A huge, rare, Bryde’s whale died off the Samui Island in Surat Thani.

The Mu Ko Angthong National Park Officer told the Phuket Express that over the past weekend they were notified from local residents that a severely injured whale was found near the shore at the Song Bay near the Pha Luai Island in the Ang Thong sub-district, Samui district.

They arrived at the scene which is outside the national park area to find the male Bryde’s whale. He is 9.8 meters long and 2.8 meters wide. The whale was pronounced dead shortly after he was found. An autopsy was conducted to find its cause of death.

The Bryde’s Whale is a rare to almost extinct aquatic mammal. The Bryde’s Whale has also been listed as a Reserved Animal by Thailand. The presence of a Bryde’s Whale is also 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 five 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.