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Two Dolphins Trapped by Tsunami in Thai Lake
Reuters ^ | 1-3-05 | Jill Gralow

Posted on 01/03/2005 1:03:21 PM PST by PlayaDust

Two Dolphins Trapped by Tsunami in Thai Lake

Jan 3, 9:13 AM (ET)

By Jill Gralow

KHAO LAK, Thailand (Reuters) - Rescuers failed on Monday to catch two rare dolphins trapped for eight days in a small lake in southern Thailand after they were swept more than a kilometer inland by giant tsunami waves.

The exhausted dolphins, one of which appeared to be injured, were dumped in a 600-by-900-foot lake left by the wall of water that struck Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline on Dec. 26.

"I'm pretty sure there are two dolphins. We see one frequently, but the other one is more shy," said Edwin Wiek of the Wildlife Rescue Unit of Thailand.

He believed they were swept ashore in the first or second waves and were stuck behind a 12- to 15-foot embankment about 1,500 yards from the sea.

"When the water retreated, the dolphins probably could not follow and swim out," said Wiek, adding they appeared to be Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, also known as speckled dolphins, found mainly in the Indian Ocean or western Pacific.

About 50 rescuers -- including a team of Greek divers in Thailand to search for corpses hidden in similar lakes -- tried to corner one of the dolphins with a net, but failed.

"He slipped away twice and we gave up. We need a bigger net to lock him in," said Wiek.

He said the dolphins had probably been without food since they were trapped. Rescuers, who will return Tuesday, tossed fish into the murky water to try and keep the animals alive.

The Indo-Pacific Humpback has a long, slender beak and gets its name from the fatty hump under its dorsal fin. Adults grow to about 6 to 9 feet and weigh about 330 to 440 pounds, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

Scientists view the dolphins as broadly threatened by habitat loss, pollution and hunting.

"They are very rare and that is a second reason to get them out and back into the sea," Wiek said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dolphins; ecowackos; food; survival; tsunami

1 posted on 01/03/2005 1:03:21 PM PST by PlayaDust
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To: PlayaDust

Survival Food Source BUMP.


2 posted on 01/03/2005 1:04:39 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: PlayaDust

Quick un-thai the lake and drag it into the ocean.


3 posted on 01/03/2005 1:05:17 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: TADSLOS

Yep.

There's some good eatin on them sea mammals, I expect.

Save the people. Eat the dolphins.


4 posted on 01/03/2005 1:06:00 PM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: MeanWestTexan
THERE ARE PEOPLE STARVING, Bodies layed out in the streets, Diseases ready to spread,

and we're worried about.... the Dolphins?

This is a crazy mixed up world
5 posted on 01/03/2005 1:11:03 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell (Support our troops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: PlayaDust

I see BBQ.


6 posted on 01/03/2005 1:11:33 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: 4ConservativeJustices; Owl_Eagle; Sam's Army
Two Dolphins Trapped by Tsunami in Thai Lake

Quick, grab yer rod 'n' reel an' hit the lake! I heard they taste like spotted owl but just a little saltier...

7 posted on 01/03/2005 1:13:51 PM PST by HenryLeeII (Democrats have helped kill more Americans than the Soviets and Nazis combined!)
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To: PlayaDust

Cookem and eatem


8 posted on 01/03/2005 1:20:03 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: HenryLeeII

They taste like chicken...


9 posted on 01/03/2005 1:22:27 PM PST by Sam's Army (No witty taglines currently come to mind)
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To: OldFriend

BumbleBee Tuna, Inc. to the rescue.


10 posted on 01/03/2005 1:22:52 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: PlayaDust
Give it up, Bates.  Nobody's going to believe that Ricky Williams and David Boston are in Thialand (no doubt sampling the finest chronic and the fleixible 9 year olds). 

You beat the Pats, that's great, but the team is in a shambles.  Maybe Saban will let you stay on as a Special Teams coordinator, but trying to blame your sorry record on the tsunami?  What a joke.

Owl_Eagle

"You know, I'm going to start thanking
the woman who cleans the restroom in
the building I work in.  I'm going to start
thinking of her as a human being"

-Hillary Clinton
(Yes, she really said that
Peggy Noonan
The Case Against Hillary Clinton, pg 55)

11 posted on 01/03/2005 1:27:00 PM PST by South Hawthorne (Fly Eagles Fly, On the Road to Victory! Fly Eagles Fly, Score a Touchdown One Two Three!)
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To: PlayaDust

Somebody call the people at Weemsco tuna.


12 posted on 01/03/2005 1:28:11 PM PST by Minn
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To: MeanWestTexan

Dahmer says dolphins tastes like humans


13 posted on 01/03/2005 1:29:05 PM PST by al baby (she stuned my little beeber)
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To: PlayaDust

"good lord Bud, how many times have I told you that Flipper isn't allowed to play in the tsunami's....."


14 posted on 01/03/2005 1:29:11 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Oh, thanks. Now I have to go clean out my pantry.


15 posted on 01/03/2005 1:30:28 PM PST by Howlin
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To: NorCalRepub
"good lord Bud, how many times have I told you that Flipper isn't allowed to play in the tsunami's....."

John Kerry was in Thailand?

16 posted on 01/03/2005 2:18:03 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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