The carcass of a male whale shark has washed up this week on Long Beach on Koh Lanta Island in southern Krabi province, local officials said is a first for Krabi as dead whale sharks had never been washed ashore before.
The manager of the Sayang Beach Resort on Koh Lanta, Somboon Kaengraeg, saw the dead whale shark and reported it to officials.
So far, 10 officials and veterinarians from Mu Koh Lanta National Park, Royal Thai Navy and Sireetarn Matine Endangered Animals Rescue Center in Trang Province have examined the whale shark carcass.
The investigation found that the whale shark measured 7.3 meters in length, weighed 2.5 tons and had been dead for about three days. There were no wounds or traces of an attack on the body. The carcass was later hoisted onto a backhoe and sent to a lab for an autopsy to try to determine the cause of death.
The report added that many whale sharks had been spotted in the Krabi Sea and many tourists came to the area to see these beauties of Thailand’s seas.
Several Thai divers expressed their condolences. One diver said he believed the whale shark lived in the area between Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. The diver added that the whale shark had been spotted a number of times, but had disappeared from view about 10 days ago.
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