Wild Files: Whale Shark Rescued offShore in Thailand by Chevron Team
2019 | Gulf of Thailand
- Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Limited operates the Erawan gas field, Thailand’s first and largest commercial natural gas field.
- The gas field is located in the Gulf of Thailand about 140 km offshore of Nakhon Si Thammarat province..
During routine operations on October 19, 2019, workers spotted a young whale shark, approximately 16.4 feet (5 meters) long, in distress close to the Erawan-A platform.
A long, thick rope was wrapped around the whale shark’s tail. It is believed the rope came from having been entangled in a fishing net.
According to the Thailand Marine and Coastal Resources Department, whale shark sightings are an indicator of rich marine resources in the Gulf of Thailand.