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DMCR searches for dead whale shark off Coral Island

DMCR searches for dead whale shark off Coral Island

PHUKET: Officers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) are searching the waters off south of Phuket for the remains of a whale shark spotted by a passing tour boat yesterday afternoon (Jan 3).

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 4 January 2020, 12:15PM


The DMCR reported they were informed of the dead whale shark by a Mr Ekkathat Naweewong early yesterday afternoon (Jan 3).

The whale shark carcass was found floating one to two kilometres from Koh Hei (Coral Island), southeast of Phuket, toward the direction of the Racha islands, south of Phuket, Mr Ekkathat reported.

However, by the time DMCR officials were able to reach the scene, they were unable to locate the whale shark remains.

The search continues today.

“We hope to recover the remains try to determine what caused its death,” the DMCR explained in a post today.

Mr Ekkathat reported that when the tour boat found the whale shark, its entire tail had been severed from where the whale sharks’ anal fin should be, but they could not find any other injuries on the animal.

He also reported that from initial inspections of the carcass, the whale shark was a female and measured some eight metres long.

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Rorri_2 | 15 January 2020 - 12:34:28

Jor... once the gases expell, the carcase does indeed sink, there's even documentaries to the fact... again you are wrong.

Jor12 | 14 January 2020 - 13:07:41

k...well, you said they sink then disintegrate into small pieces whereas they don''t do that whale sharks like any other living animal eventually float to the surface because of bloating of internal organs. Try to get it right.

Kurt | 06 January 2020 - 15:04:01

@Jor, No, not with whale sharks as others already start eating and body gasses release due to that. Inform yourself a bit more. It is a perfect natural process.

Jor12 | 06 January 2020 - 07:37:06

Good lord k.. like any animal they initially sink then rise because of the build up of gases within the body cavity.

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 19:14:03

After they die, whale sharks sink to the bottom of the sea/ocean. Their remains disintegrate in small pieces and become part of the underwater eco cycle system. Let it go, don't disturb that process.

Jor12 | 04 January 2020 - 17:27:10

If you read the article K...it states, "... its entire tail had been severed."

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 14:41:37

Great job justification/fascination. People die, animals die. If autopsy proves there was to much plastic in his body, than we will be informed, and nothing thai is happening next, as PM announced  plastic debris will not be taken serious until after next year ( BP) 

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