False killer whales enjoy sunset frolic off Koh Lanta (Photos)

A national park this morning celebrated the unprecedented appearance of a badly misunderstood pod of dolphins long-confused with their much deadlier cousins.

The Mu Koh Lanta National Park released images of the group of false killer whales spotted swimming last night in Hin Ngam Bay near Koh Lanta.

The roughly 15 false killer whales – actually dolphins with skulls similar to Orcas – were spotted last night just 400 meters off the Andaman island coast. The Mu Koh Lanta National Park, which consists of several islands, noted that it was the first time their species had been seen there.

The oceanic dolphins inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans and are considered rare and protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.

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