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Killer Whale Spotted Off Patong

Killer Whale Spotted Off Patong

Orca Whale Spotted Off Freedom Beach Patong, Phuket

The Phuket Post reported that an Orca (Killer Whale) has been spotted off Freedom Beach, Patong on the 8th January 2016.

Freedom Beach is is situated near Tri Trang Beach on the southern edge of Patong Bay Phuket.

Freedom Beach Phuket Aussie Divers

Freedom Beach Phuket Aussie Divers

Phuket Post Report

The Phuket Post wrote;

The Orca or Killer Whales can be found in all oceans, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species, but there is only one single Orca seen in the picture.

Suchart Ratthanareungsi, Director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) said, “It is surprising news that an Orca appeared in Phuket waters. It is now possible that they will be around Thailand’s waters more often.

“After we have checked on more details we will make a record of this sighting and make plans to protect them.”

Killer Whales Orca Aussie Divers Phuket

Killer Whales Orca Aussie Divers Phuket

Wikipedia

The killer whale, or Orca (Orcinus orca), is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and other species of dolphin.

Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups (pods) which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviours, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of animal culture.

Liveboard Trips

Previos sightings of Killer Whales have been in Burmese waters on a liveboard vessel. MV Mermaid claims to have seen three Killer Whales while snorkeling in 2013.

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