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One of the lost  dolphins surfaces off Patong beach today

Jet-Skis Herd Imperiled Patong Dolphins Out to Sea

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
PHUKET: Two striped dolphins appeared close to shore in Phuket's Patong Bay today before the pair were herded out to sea by jet-ski riders.

Marine biologists from the Phuket Marine Biology Centre believe the dolphins were a mother and offspring who have become separated from their pod and are trying to reestablish contact.

Pods of tourists with cameras formed along Patong beach and some climbed aboard a speedboat for a closer look. Three jet-skis combined to nudge the pair out to sea.

Marine biologist Patcharaporn Kaewmong said it is believed the pair were a female, measuring about two metres, and her offspring, about a metre long.

''Striped dolphins usually are found in deeper water offshore of Phuket and Phang Nga,'' she said. ''We are keen to try to make sure they don't run onto the beach.''

The water off the Banana Disco, a local landmark near where the dolphins were spotted about 8.30am, is murky at this time of year.

The Phuket pair were urged into deeper waters then returned to shore near the Graceland Resort, and were herded out again.

Marine biologists planned a dolphin watch at Kamala Bay to the north of Patong to make sure the pair did not come too close to shore again.

Patong has a public park on the foreshore named after dolphins - Loma Park - but real ones are rarely sighted in Patong Bay.

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The dolphins didn't scratch the jet-skis' paintwork by any chance?

Posted by Sam W on April 25, 2012 16:27

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Patong Police were called to the beach a little later to settle a dispute between the dolphins and the jet ski owners for damage done to the jet skis in the herding. The dolphins claims of pre-existing damages fell on deaf ears since no dolphin translators were immediately available. They later agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of fish before being released back into deeper waters.

Posted by Scoop Brady on April 25, 2012 16:54

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good for the jetski boys for showing they have a heart....

Posted by poppops on April 25, 2012 17:58

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The dolphins twittered they came to warn about the sinking of Phuket, but people did not listen.

Posted by Lena on April 25, 2012 18:18

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I'm surprised the dolphins didn't die in the Patong Beach water.

Posted by kel on April 25, 2012 20:15

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@ Scoop Brady:
THE ABSOLUTELY BEST I HAVE READ FOR A LONG LONG TIME!!!

Posted by herbert on April 25, 2012 20:43

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Good to see the sense of humor in the comments.

Posted by juswunderin on April 25, 2012 21:41

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poppops was it the jetski boys? If so they certainly deserve the credit after all the bad publicity they have been getting. The story just said jet-ski riders so I just presumed they was hirers.

Posted by Chill on April 26, 2012 02:19

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doubtful anything to do with good hearted jet ski hirers more like all the dolphin watchers and boat sightseers
was not good for their business enterprise nor do they want massive witnesses to their shady activities so they moved the problem.

Posted by traveller on April 28, 2012 03:42

Editor Comment:

It's odd that some readers can't take on board the fact that (a) not all jet-ski operators are scamsters and (b) that even scamsters can be animal-lovers and environmentalists.


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