Whale Sharks Show off the Sea of KohTao
On 1th October, 2021, reporters reported that Koh Tao, Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani Province Diving Instructors (Divemasters) and freediving divers and photographers have brought more than 20 Scuba Diver and Free Diver to dive around the pile. Chumphon stone which is 4 large piles of underwater rocks And is one of the best diving spots in the beautiful northwest of Koh Tao.
With a maximum water depth of 40 meters, from the morning to the afternoon of September 30, 2021, all fortunately had the opportunity to dive with whale sharks. The body size is about 4 meters long. It is a juvenile whale shark. According to estimates of body size less than 9 meters, it is estimated that the average lifespan is about 20-35 years. Whale sharks roam around the Chumphon rock formations from morning to afternoon. The group of divers took a lot of pictures of this impression. The whale shark is an indicator that Gulf of Thailand abundant especially around important rock piles such as Chumphon Rock, Hin Bai, Kong Tung Ku, which proves that Protection of rock pile areas to protect coral resources Nurseries and habitats for small aquatic animals This was an admirable success.
Current whale shark has been listed as a wildlife sanctuary According to the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2562 (2019) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Notification regarding prohibiting whale shark fishing according to the Fisheries Act designate whale sharks as “Animals are forbidden to be caught or taken on board” are punishable by a fine of three hundred thousand to three million baht. And international law is CITES or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Photo : Phawit Nilayanimit, free diving diver