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Injured dolphin rescued from Phang Nga beach


A dolphin that was found injured and beached along the Thai Muang coastline in Phang Nga is being cared for at a marine animal rescue centre in nearby Phuket. The injured dolphin was first spotted by local residents who attempted to help it.

According to a Phuket News report, while locals managed to get the creature back in the water, it was back on the shore within an hour. At this point, residents notified officials at Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park, who arrived at the scene.

They found a male striped dolphin, weighing 54 kilos and around 200cm in length. The dolphin had an injured dorsal fin and further injuries along the side of its body. It appeared weak and lethargic and its breathing was rapid. The dolphin’s heart rate was measured at 130 beats per minute, with its breathing measured at 27 times per minute.

The authorities transferred the dolphin to the Sireetarn Marine Endangered Animal Rescue Centre at Cape Panwa, on Phuket’s east coast. Marine biologists treating the creature have not said what might have caused its illness or injuries.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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