The remains of a whale skeleton aged approximately 3,000 – 5,000 years old has been excavated in Samut Sakhon Province some 12 kilometres inland.
From the initial assessment the bones of the largely intact skeleton are the same as the Bruda whale; a species often seen off the coast of this province and Phettchaburi.
Mr. Warawut Silpa-archa, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment said after going to the area to monitor the excavation of a whale skeleton that he had been informed that the remains of a whale bone had been found on November 6th.
Initially a team of scientists have estimated that the age of the skeleton is 3,000 – 5,000 years as the remains of the bones have been partially replaced by minerals. This is considered to be a subfossil, which must be examined again in detail by means of carbon-14 study.
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has confirmed their initial identity assessment and found that the bone characteristics are the same as Bruda whales.
The 12 kilometre inland excavation site is important evidence of sea water intrusion thousands of years ago.
Mr. Jatuporn Noiphat, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has ordered a complete survey of the site, layout of the skeleton of the whale and conservation of the skeleton.
More than 80% of the excavations has been completed to reveal a perfect skull with jaws, approximately 3 metres long. The full length is about 12 metres with 19 complete vertebrae, 5 ribs on each side, shoulder blade and forearm (fins).
He urged that any further discoveries be reported to the Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in order to allow further research and understanding of the history of Thailand’s coastal area.