Whale Watching

Spotting marine mammals in the Gulf of Thailand

Whale watching is a pastime many would associate with Alaska, Australia, or the Maritime region of Canada, but the Gulf of Thailand is a feeding and breeding ground for a resident population of several dozen Bryde’s Whales. These leviathans, which are up to 14-meters long and can weigh 18-tonnes, are the largest of four marine mammals in the gulf—the others being the Irrawaddy dolphin, and two much rarer species, the finless porpoise and the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin.

In Thailand, Wild Encounter Thailand is the only company that offers argosies to spot these cetaceans, and few sights in the animal kingdom are more spellbinding than the sight of a Bryde’s whale breaking the water’s surface to open its cavernous maw, which remains agape for a minute or two, as fish try to leap out while seabirds dive and screech in a bid to snap up some live supper in mid-air.

From the first downpours of the monsoon…

Original published: 2018-08-07 08:00:46 Read the full Bangkok News here


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