- Posted July 29, 2014 by
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THAI PHOTOGRAPHER HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CONSERVATION ISSUE WITH FASHION SHOOT WITH A DEAD WHALE
At least 45 Bryde’s whales have been identified and living in the Gulf of Thailand.
THE LAST FAREWHALE is a photo series by a Thai-born fashion photographer, Tom Potisit who was inspired by the mystery death of a Bryde’s whale found beached not far from Bangkok.
Tom has been an active member in conservation and humanitarian activities called the Flying Scouts. This private non-profit organization has been volunteering to help with various endangered marine animals Conservation Projects in Thailand since 2007.
After hearing the news of a 20 ton, 11 metre long Bryde's whale beached near Bangkok, he immediately flew from Phuket where he was on another assignment, to shoot this series with Dutch model, Melanie De Witt in Phra Samut Chedi district of Samut Prakarn province ,30 minutes car journey from Bangkok.
He has combined his passions for art, fashion and conservation to convey his strong message in the hope to raise awareness about this giant mammal who has been a part of his life over the past years.
He would like to personally dedicate this obituary to the Bryde’s Whale , the marine animal, the coastal conservationists and the volunteers globally who spend their life fighting the endless war against extinction of all species.
This was an opportunity to say a last goodbye to the whale, to express grief and show respect during a Buddhist farewell ceremony. Dissection has revealed the cause of death was 'unnatural' with visible bruises and cuts on the whale's body.
Necropsy results have revealed that the rare Bryde's whale might have died of shock from getting caught in a seine.
This dead whale was the second dead whale that was washed ashored in the past seven years in Thailand
For more information of THE LAST FAREWHALE photo series and how you can take part in helping these endangered sea animals please visit