BANGKOK – Two pink dolphins have been seen in one of Thailand’s national parks for the first time, a park official told EFE on Wednesday.
The pink Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins were seen swimming on Tuesday in Ao Phang Nga National Park between the tourist hubs of Phuket and Krabi, said the official, who wished to remain anonymous.
Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List as vulnerable, with a decreasing population.
The sightings raised hopes for the country’s wildlife after the government has taken measures over the past year to prevent environmental damage, especially in areas popular with tourists.
“They were also spotted in other areas as well, such as in Trang province and Krabi province,” the official said.
He added that the dolphins were most likely to be found in the Gulf of Thailand on the other side of the mainland.
“I think they are in the area because we are more strict about keeping watch and taking care of the nature, so the nature is more abundant,” the park official said.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment last year banned plastics and styrofoam from all national parks and zoos in the country.
Thailand also closed its famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island to tourists last year to allow coral restoration and the regeneration of wildlife.
Reef sharks and ghost crabs are some of the species that have since returned to the island.