The decomposing carcass of a 1.37-metre-long porpoise was discovered on a beach at Koh Khao Khat Bay in Trat’s Koh Chang district late on Tuesday night.
Trat’s Sawang Boon Thammasathan rescue foundation alerted a Mu Koh Chang National Park patrol unit at 11.45pm on Tuesday that a dead porpoise had washed up in Ban Bang Bao (Moo 1) in Tambon Koh Chang Tai. The team, along with marine scientist Jitarin Nakcharoensuk, found the 50-kilo carcass of a five-year-old female finless porpoise with no visible injuries and estimated it had been dead for three days. They took organs from the carcass for a post-mortem at the Bang Bao park unit, where officials at the Rayong-based Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Centre will seek the cause of death. The rest of the carcass was buried on the spot.