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Dead Whale Shark Beached Off Srithammarat Shore, Thailand

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By Khaosod Online
10 May 2013


(9 May) Locals found a large whale shark floating dead in the ocean off of Kwaengpao beach, Nakorn Srithammarat province.

Upon receiving citizens′ reports, a team of reporters showed up at the scene and helped drag the carcass to shore. Mr.Santi Nilawat, head of the Research Center for Marine Resources of Songhla, said that the whale shark was female and about 2 years old. It was 5 meters in length and weighed 400-500 kg.

Initial investigations pointed to death from sickness, since a water retention patch was found on its tail. Officials have gathered samples of internal organs to further determine the cause of death.

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