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One of the dead dugongs, found off Phuket on Ko Yao Noi

Phuket Dugongs Die in Netting Nightmare

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
THIS baby dugong was one of two found dead on Sunday at Ko Yao Noi, off Phuket. Marine biologists said the female dugong was 2.7 metres while the baby was over a metre in length and about two years old.

The mother probably died first then the baby followed five days or so later, the marine biologists believe.

At Phuket Marine Biology Centre, an autopsy revealed sea grass food in their stomachs. It is believed the two dugongs were caught in a net and blinded.

Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong said the two were the seventh and eights dugongs to die because of netting in the Andaman region this year.

It is hoped that the new plan for a conservation zone off Phuket will keep more dugongs alive. Their sea grass feeding beds have been affected by property development and damaging waste water run-offs.
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When are the fisherman going to start to care about the environment?

Posted by VFaye on August 17, 2010 12:15

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@VFaye, that's a good question. I used to rent the longtail boats in Rawaii and go fishing, but stopped as every boat I ever rented threw garbage into the ocean. It surprises me that the people that make their money directly from the ocean seem to care about the ocean the least.

Posted by Chris on August 17, 2010 14:47

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I don't get why people would hunt an animal just for oil meat and other stuff also why the fisherman be more careful and start caring about animals

Posted by Azriel on November 6, 2014 07:56


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