The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources have reported that a bottlenose dolphin which had been rescued from a Samut Prakarn canal on Sunday has been released back into the sea.
The department had rescued the bottlenose dolphin found floating in the Klongdan irrigation canal in Samut Prakarn province.
The dolphin was then taken to the Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre in Tha Sa-An subdistrict of Chachoengsao province for a health examination.
On Sunday afternoon, the department reported that the dolphin had become stronger and could swim on its own, so they transported it on a pickup truck and then by a speed boat to the mouth of Bangpakong River. The dolphin was released back into the ocean about 18kilomtres from the mouth of the river in Chachoengsao province on Sunday evening.
Bottlenose dolphins inhabit warm and temperate seas worldwide, being found everywhere except the Arctic and Antarctic Circle regions. A bottlenose dolphin weighs on average around 300kg and can reach a length of just over four metres.