Rare pod of giant dolphins seen in the waters off the Similan Islands
Tourists on a boat trip out to Thailand’s Similan Islands were treated to a rare sighting of giant dolphins earlier this week. The Wow Andaman tour boat was approaching Elephant Head Rock on Wednesday when the so-called false killer whales swam up to the boat and enabled passengers to take photographs.
The skipper of the vessel shut down the engines so that the pod of 30 were not frightened away. The shutdown also enabled the tourists to mentally record what will probably be a once in a lifetime spectacle of giant dolphins frolicking just yards away in the sea.
False killer whales were given their unusual name as they grow to lengths of seven metres and bear more than a passing resemblance to real orca killer whales. In an interview later in the day, Doctor Kongkiat Kittiwatanawing, said seeing so many of the dolphins together was lucky as they do not usually travel in such large pods.
The marine-life specialist explained that this species of dolphin likes deep and warm seas and can be found both in the Andaman Sea and in the Gulf of Thailand. The Similan Islands are off the coast of Phang Nga province.
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