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Phuket search launched for ‘missing’ dead whale

PHUKET: Officials are on the lookout for the body a 20-metre long Bryde’s whale that is expected to reach the Sarasin Bridge, at the northern tip of Phuket, late this afternoon (Apr 13).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 13 April 2016, 03:23PM

The remains were reported by a tour company at about 6pm yesterday, which spotted the remains about 12 nautical miles from Tab Lamu Pier.

“From the pictures we received, we believe the whale died three to four days before earlier,” said Nat Kongkesorn, Chief of Similan National Park.

“We have been looking for the whale since this morning, but have yet to find it. Depending on weather conditions, it might reach Sarasin Bridge this afternoon,” he said.

“I have informed the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC). If the whale is found, the PMBC will examine the remains to try to determine the cause of death,” Chief Nat added.

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The PMBC confirmed their officers have launched a search for the whale.

Any persons who seen the whale’s remains are urged to call the PMBC at 076-391128.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub



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