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Search continues for young whale caught in marine trash

Search continues for young whale caught in marine trash

PHUKET: Search teams from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) have yet to find the young sperm whale spotted swimming through marine trash off Koh Racha Noi last week amid concerns for the whale’s health.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 20 June 2022, 03:24PM


The search was launched after photos of the whale were posted online last Thursday (June 16), with the Navy joining the efforts through patrol boat TC 107 and surveillance drones scouring the area.

The DMCR reported yesterday that concerns were raised when it was noticed that the whale was repeatedly turning on its side while swimming. The whale was able to right itself to breathe, but marine life researchers in the area are concerned for the whale’s safety.

The search is continuing with all fishing and other commercial boat operators in the area urged to report any sightings to officials immediately.

However, so far no sightings have been reported, the DMCR noted.

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megamind | 21 June 2022 - 13:17:42

90% of dangerous debris for Marine life is composed by old abandoned net fish. So 90% of the dead of turtles, whale and dolphins is caused by fishermen (mostly illegal)

Capricornball | 21 June 2022 - 12:37:29

Maybe the bone head committee trying to get World Heritage status for Phuket can contact someone at the U.N. to see if they have any ideas how to keep whales from drowning in trash and fishing nets that plague these waters, and maybe try to get a grant to pay foreigners to keep picking up trash that locals strew all over the country.

christysweet | 21 June 2022 - 10:44:36

TRASHLand. 

JohnC | 21 June 2022 - 09:27:57

Any boats helping with the search should also go and help remove the rubbish in the water at Racha Noi to help stop it happening again and again....

 

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