Search For Beautiful Pink Dolphins of Khanom, Thailand
Tucked between Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani is a small fishing village where I search for the rare and beautiful Pink Dolphins of Khanom, Thailand.
We’ve dreamt this dream for weeks before making the trip overland to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
We reached Khanom. The smell of the sea and drying fish permeates the air as we gleefully hop off the van. The village is small with several small buildings. The activities here is mainly fishing.
Khanom local are proud of their friendly pink dolphins. These are Indo-Pacific dolphins which are also known as Irrawaddy dolphins.
GOING OUT TO SEA
We have an experienced tour guide, Khun Mont Supit Tewayurang who continuously checked on wind and sea conditions from the night before our arrival to Khanom. It was high tide today and the long tailed boats were lifted up almost to moor at the pier.
The sea was a little rough and the water choppy. Khun Mont was visibly worried as the group was anxiously waiting to see the pink dolphins.
After checking on the wind and sea conditions, Khun Mont decided that it was okay and the expert boatmen took us out on the long tail boats.
We headed out to sea with the warm sun beating down. There was no shade on the long tail boat and our hats, sunglasses and sun block didn’t seem to work with the sun beating down mercilessly.
Eventually after sometime the sea calmed and the slight wind bought cooling breeze to tease our hair and cool our flushed cheeks.
Khun Mont explained that seeing pink dolphins along the coastline meant that the sea has a healthy eco system. The local of Khanom have been planting seaweed along the coast to provide a scantuary for marine animals to nest.
We were so happy to see these beautiful mammals. Dolphins by nature are playful and sociable creature. They’re fun loving and seem to be smiling.
The name ‘dolphin’ refers as a synonym for the Bottlenose Dolphin, the most common and familiar species of dolphin.
A group of dolphins is called a “school” or a “pod”. Male dolphins are called “bulls”. The females “cows” and young dolphins are called “calves”.
WHY ARE SOME DOLPHINS PINK?
Dolphins are gray, black white and even pink as well. Pink dolphins can also be found living in the Amazon, Orinoco and Araguaia rivers. These are the Amazon River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) an endangered species and is to be protected.
There are four kinds of dolphins living in the waters off Thailand. The most common is the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. When dolphins are born, their colour is gray and they turn pink as they become older. The bubble-gum-pink hue is very distinct.
For the pink dolphins to live happily in Khanom, it goes to show how pristine the waters are.
TIME FOR SOME SOUVENIRS
Soon it was almost time to leave and grab a few souvenirs for home!