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On Sunday, the carcass of a Bryde whale, or Bruda whale, was found washed up on rocks on Koh Samui's Choeng Mon beach.
Villagers reported the finding to Withaya Suksom, the chairman of the rescue centre in Tambon Bo Phut. He reported it to the police in Bo Phut.
The whale was beached some 20 meters from the sea on rocks. With an average weight of one tonne, it is about 11.3 meters high. The sex of the whale was yet to be determined.
The director of the Koh Samui fishery office, Chaowalit Phetnoy, said the carcass was washed ashore by waves from the northeast.
Mr Chaowalit said that experts from the Chumphon-based Upper Gulf of Thailand Marine Resources Development and Evaluate Situations were expected to arrive on Monday to examine the carcass and try to determine why it died.
In January of last year, among the mangrove trees in the tambon Bang Poo Mai of Samut Prakan's Muang district, the carcass of a Bruda whale was also found.