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Sperm whale carcass found floating off Phuket beach

PHUKET: Marine experts have confirmed that a carcass found floating off Surin Beach yesterday was that of a sperm whale.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 1 June 2017, 10:28AM

The carcass (to the right in image) was confirmed as being that of a sperm whale. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The carcass (to the right in image) was confirmed as being that of a sperm whale. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

At 10am yesterday (May31), Director of the Phuket Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ (DMCR) Conservation Division Mr Suchart Rattanaruengsri received a report from lifeguards at Surin Beach in Cherng Talay that the remains of a large whale had been found floating about 500 metres off shore.

Director of the Public Health and Environment office of Cherng Talay Local Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor), Ms Patsorn Visudthiwatcharakul, together with a vet from the Marine Endangered Species Unit at the Phuket Marine Biology Centre (PMBC), Mr Janevit Vanit, arrived at the scene to find that the carcass had already been towed to shore by Mr Wirun Chuea-saman, 48, head of the Surin-Bang Tao lifeguards using a jet-ski.

Ms Patsorn said, “Residents and tourists who had been in the area were warned to wear masks and to take a shower when they returned home as we were concerned that bacteria from the carcass may have spread."


“The Cherng Talay OrBorJor were called and quickly buried what remained of the sperm whale,” she said.

Mr Janevit added, “It was the carcass of a sperm whale. We collected some samples from the carcass to test at the laboratory so we can find what caused its death.”



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Rorii | 02 June 2017 - 17:27:08

Eagle, Australia doesn't bury them on well attended beaches, as the oil seeps out, for many years, attracting sharks, especially white pointers.

Kurt | 02 June 2017 - 12:58:42

..."OrBorJor was quickly called and buried the remains".. At the beach!!

It should have been removed from the beach and brought to a destruction firm.
Actually, while the body was floating 500 meters from the beach it should have been taken out of the water by boat and brought ashore in port, and transported to a destruction firm. 
Not towed to the beach!

If the remains w...

Christy Sweet | 02 June 2017 - 10:03:28

Uh, "Cherng-Telay...quickly buried the carcass..." Please do not tell me this was done anywhere near the water line. And shouldn't it be Dr..Janevit Vanit, not Mr- or is he not a licensed veterinarian? (Lot's of those around..)

BenPendejo | 01 June 2017 - 21:01:57

Mr. Wirun Chuea-saman, 48, head of the Surin-Bang Tao lifeguards showed his knee-jerk and short-sighted reaction by towing it onto Surin beach.  He should have taken it around the corner to the now uninhabited Laem Sing beach.  Now, this buried carcass will be oozing whale oil into the sea, which is known to attract sharks from miles away.  However, it shouldn't be an issue, as Thai fishermen ...

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