Dugong found dead, with signs of having been hunted for its fangs, in Surat Thani

Surat Thani –

A dugong was found dead with its mouth tied with rope and fangs cut out on a beach in the Chaiya district.

The Surat Thani Governor Witchawut Jintoe and the Chaiya Fisheries Office Chief Mr. Sanae Rattanasamnieang yesterday (December 4th) went to the Naai Amphoe Beach in the Takrob sub-district.

Mr. Sanae told the Phuket Express “The dead dugong is about 15 to 20 years old. It is about two meters long and weighs about 200 kilograms. It is believed that the dugong died at least four days before it was found.”

“Its mouth was tied with a rope and wounds from possible knives were found on its body. Its fangs were cut off. Some people believe that its fangs are holy and use them to make an amulet. An autopsy is being conducted to find its exact cause of death,” Mr. Sanae explained.

Governor Witchawut said, “This is the second dugong found dead within two months in Surat Thani. It is a big loss for nature and the environment as the dugong is a reserved wild animal at risk of extinction.”

“If this dead dugong is proven as being hunted by humans, those people will face legal action,” Governor Witchawut noted.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.