Rare pink dolphins spotted off Surat Thani

Rare pink dolphins spotted off Surat Thani

A tourist takes photos of one of the three pink dolphins swimming near her boat between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan on Sunday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)
A tourist takes photos of one of the three pink dolphins swimming near her boat between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan on Sunday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: Three rare pink dolphins were spotted in the sea between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands of this southern coastal province by foreign and Thai tourists on Sunday morning.

A group of tourists were being brought by tour operators to visit Hin Bai, also known as Sail Rock, a popular diving area between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, when three pink dolphins suddenly appeared in the clear blue sea by their boat -- to the great excitement of the tourists.

The tour operators said they were probably the same group of dolphines spotted by local fishermen near Koh Phangan several months ago.

Pink dolphins haven also frequently been spotted near Nang Kam beach and the ferry landing of Don Sak district recently.

Wichwut Jinto, the Surat Thani governor, said that since the outbreak of Covid-19, the sea around Koh Tao has much improved in environmental terms. and the coral reef has rebounded. 

Sea turtles were found to have laid eggs at 13 spots on Koh Samui and a whale shark was sighted near Don Sak and in the Ang Thong archipelago. These were signs of improvement in the environment, the governor said.


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