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Stingray barb killed Railay dugong, says PMBC chief

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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An autopsy found a15cm long stingray barb (circled in red) inside the mature dugong’s stomach. Photos: DMCR

 

PHUKET: The mature male dugong found dead off Ton Sai Beach in Krabi on Sunday (Aug 18) was killed by a stingray barb, Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) Chief Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong has told The Phuket News.

 

The body of male dugong, estimated to be about 25 years old, was brought ashore and taken to the PMBC on Sunday in the hope of determining what caused its death, as marine experts noted that the fully grown adult male appeared to be in perfect health other than some bruises at the base of its front flippers. 

 

An autopsy on the dugong’s remains conducted at the PMBC had discovered that the dugong had suffered a puncture to its belly.


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/stingray-barb-killed-railay-dugong-says-pmbc-chief-72573.php#r5W0P8rRAvxLXp6y.99 

 

 
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What a shame, was lucky enough to swim with and pet a Dugong on a number of occasions in Northern Australia years ago,  such docile beautiful animals.

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So very sad.  This beautiful animal had avoided the plastic and was killed by a fellow sea creature.

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