Bryde’s whales attract tourists to Petchaburi

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Chao Samran Municipality in Petchaburi and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have cooperated in organizing the 2nd Whale Watching and Crab Eating Festival at Chao Samran Beach.

Chao Samran Mayor Boonyod Makhlai said a pod of Bryde’s whales swims near the beach to find food during this period every year. Large and baby Bryde’s whales were recently spotted in the pod by local fishermen, the mayor said.

An underwater view of a Bryde’s whale off Thailand. (Photo courtesy “Morning Dew” via Wikipedia.)An underwater view of a Bryde’s whale off Thailand. (Photo courtesy “Morning Dew” via Wikipedia.)

The fishermen who take tourists out to sea to watch the whales have been trained by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. Each trip usually takes many hours.

The municipality and the TAT expect that the festival will help educate the public about Bryde’s whales and promote Chao Samran as another important tourist site in Petchaburi province.