Rare Killer Whales Spotted in Thai Marine Park

Ko Rok Island in Krabi province on Friday (April 23) saw some unusual guests: a throng of false killer whales, leaving officials at Mu Koh Lanta National Park mesmerized and calling Wednesday’s Earth Day a very significant day.

Thailand’s Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on Thursday reported on its social media page, that a pod of more than 10 killer whales were spotted on Earth Day for the first time in the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park.

Marine specialist Dr Thorn Thamrongnawasawat and the vice dean of the faculty of fisheries at Kasetsart University said with delight that “the new norm is not only about health, but is also about learning that enough is enough and allowing space for our friends in the sea to live with us on Earth.”

Thorn said that although the Covid-19 pandemic is causing havoc around the world, rare marine species have returned to Thai waters, especially the Andaman, after a break in human maritime activity caused by the sharp drop in tourists.

Dr. Thamrongnawasawat explained that it was very rare to see a large number of dugongs, sharks and whales in the Thai sea on the same day.

“The killer whales, or Orca, feed on small fish and squid. They are listed as a Category 1 protected species in Thailand,” according to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

Other than whales, about 20 dugongs were also spotted in the no-hunting territory around Libong Island, off the southern province of Trang, and 30 blacktip reef sharks were found in Maya Bay.

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