Research teams capture rare images of marine wildlife in Trang, southern Thailand

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170 dugongs, 27 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and 141 sea turtles near local islands in Trang, southern Thailand.

Trang authorities reported that an aerial survey recently observed up to 170 dugongs, 27 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and 141 sea turtles near local islands in the province.

The discovery was made possible through collaboration between the Center for Marine and Coastal Resources Research in the Lower Gulf of Thailand and another research center in the Western Upper Gulf. Their teams were looking for rare sea creatures in the areas surrounding Koh Libong, Koh Mook and several adjacent islands.

According to Sopon Thongdee, Director General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), the research was conducted using an aerial transect method and an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by volunteer pilots Eduado Angelo Loigorri and Pinyada Pithansiri.

Sopon added that aerial footage obtained from the drone revealed that the area is home to around 170 dugongs. Typically, animals are seen feeding and mating in areas rich in seagrass beds. Humpback dolphins and Indo-Pacific sea turtles have also been discovered nearby. (NNT)

Sopon Thongdee, director general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), the research was conducted using an aerial transect method and an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by volunteer pilots Eduado Angelo Loigorri and Pinyada Pithansiri.
Sopon said aerial footage obtained from the drone revealed the area is home to around 170 dugongs.
Humpback dolphins and Indo-Pacific sea turtles have also been discovered nearby.
The teams were looking for rare sea creatures in the areas surrounding Koh Libong, Koh Mook and several adjacent islands.


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