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Bryde’s Whale Returns to S. Thailand Marine National Park

Bryde's Whale Surat Thani Thailand Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
Bryde's Whale Surat Thani Thailand Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

A Bryde’s whale was spotted feeding at the edge of Surat Thani’s Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park Tuesday, illustrating how the marine ecosystem of the lower Gulf of Thailand has rebounded during the coronavirus pandemic.

Park chief Nathawat Nuisriram led a patrol team that found a Bryde’s whale feeding near Koh Rok, Koh Pae Yak, Koh Lae and Koh Hin Taek in the western part of the marine preserve. The team took photos of the whale and sent them to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources for identification.

The department found that the whale was “Prempree” which had visited the national park with two siblings and its mother from February to March last year.

Normally Bryde’s whales feed in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand off Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi provinces.

The whale’s reappearance in the lower South this year showed the abundant marine resources of the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, Nathawat said.