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Breaking News: Killer Whale spotted off Phuket beach

PHUKET: Visitors to the island received a tremendous surprise today (Jan 8), the sighting of a Killer Whale just of the coast of Freedom Beach. Freedom Beach is a 300m-long strip of white sand at the southern end of Patong Beach next to Tri Tang Beach.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 8 January 2016, 05:14PM


The Orca was sighted just off Freedom Beach. Photo: Joe Halleron
The Orca was sighted just off Freedom Beach. Photo: Joe Halleron

The Orca or Killer Whales can be found in all oceans, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species, but there is only one single Orca seen in the picture.

Suchart Ratthanareungsi, Director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) said, “It is surprising news that an Orca appeared in Phuket waters. It is now possible that they will be around Thailand's waters more often.

“After we have checked on more details we will make a record of this sighting and make plans to protect them.”

More details to follow.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 09 January 2016 - 12:39:41

Not good news for any remaining dugongs in the area.

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Janti | 08 January 2016 - 18:32:56

8 years ago we had the beauty full sight of 4 Orca's follow our boat in from a fishing trip to the drop off, they followed the boat for 45 min, they left us 2 nm from coast. 

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