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More blacktip reef sharks spotted at Hong Island

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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The Chief of Koh Hong National Park of Than Bok Khorani National Park, Jampen Pompakdi, has revealed that more than 10 blacktip reef sharks have been spotted hunting for small shellfish by a number of tourists at Koh Hong.

The sharks were about 2 metre long and the biggest is believed to weight about 100 kilograms. They were gray and had black fins.

After spotting them near the national park office, the officers took a boat to see them in the water and found that they didn’t seem to be frightened by humans at all. They were swimming in only about a metre of water and took about half an hour to hunt for food before swimming back to the deep water near a coral reef nearby.

The Chief of Bok Khorani National Park, Weeeasak Srisajjang, said that the blacktip reef sharks are quite often spotted near Hong Island. This is the fourth time already this year. They usually live near the deep water in the coral reef around the island.

“This is a sign showing that Hong Island has a lush ecology. We have strictly controlled the tourists not to destroy the ecology system and prohibit any illegal fisheries that damage coral. The blacktip reef sharks show little signs of ever attacking a human. They usually just eat small fish and are commonly found in the Andaman area. They usually hunt during night time or early morning and hide amongst the coral reef during the day. Apart from the blacktip reef sharks we also spotted whale sharks at Hong Island, which is rare.”

“I would like to ask tourists and fishermen not to harm these fish if you find them. They are not dangerous and eat only small fish and planktons,” he noted.

- Kritsada Mueanhawong

Collecting the daily news around Phuket for many years. One of the island's most accurate and timely news-gatherers.

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  1. nicoleivo

    May 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I would like to report that today we found a small blacktip reef shark dead and there was a net flight next to the beach at Shark point in Ko Phi Phi Leh, I don’t know if there is a way to let this know to the authorities.

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Phuket man arrested with 20,000 methamphetamine pills

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A man has been arrested with methamphetamine pills, crystal methamphetamine, a gun and ammunition.

A team of the Border Patrol Police last week arrested 22 year old Tanaset ‘Fluk’ Kraimaneelert  from Songkhla at a housing estate in Rassada. Police seized 1.06 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 20,000 methamphetamine pills, a gun and 21 bullets.

Tanaset was taken to the Phuket City Police Station and been charged with possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The arrest of Tanaset came after police first arrested 24 year old woman Wichada Jamnongjit who was caught with methamphetamine pills. Wichada told police that she bought the drugs from a man named only as ‘Fluk’. Apparently Fluk comes to her house every day.

Police arrested Fluk at the housing estate in Rassada. Tanaset (Fluk) told police he stores the drugs at a house in Koh Kaew. Tanaset told police that he bought the drugs from Weerayut ‘Mo’ Kutcharat. He claimed the gun and bullets belonged to him.

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Every Phuket tour boat is being checked

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Deputy Commander of the Tourist Police Bureau, Maj Gen Surachet Hakparn, with the help of the Marine Department, are checking about 400 tour boats in Phuket. Any boat found not fully compliant to leave port with all its safety equipment in working order, will remain at port.

Maj Gen Surachet says, “All about 300 to 400 tour boats in Phuket are being checked. Boats must be fixed if they are found with incomplete safety equipment or are unsafely heading to sea in any way. We have to get back tourist confidence when they are travelling in Phuket.”

“If there is any boat that leaves port and then later capsizes, boat inspectors will have to take responsibility too.”

“In addition we’re also checking for any encroachment in Phuket as well as the safety and registration of other tour buses and taxis. These are also part of Phuket’s tourism business. ”

“I can confirm that any government officer who ignores land encroachment, or allows unsafe boats to leave port, will face legal action.”

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“They’ll grow up to work for country’s benefit” – Dr Pak

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“I’m confident that the Mu Pa boys will grow up to be excellent citizens of the country and work for the benefits of the country’s future and reputation,” wrote Dr Pak Loharnchun in a Facebook post. The Army doctor played a leading role in helping the boys.

The doctor also posted photos of himself giving the boys goodbye hugs in Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital where they received medical care after being rescued.

Pak praised assistant coach Ekkapol Chantawong for having “a good heart” and having made sacrifices to help and comfort the boys during their entrapment.

The doctor, who has multiple certifications including for SEAL operations, joined the footballers in the cave after they were discovered by British divers on July 2, and remained with them until the last of them were extracted on July 10.

Pak says the innocence and optimism of the boys impressed him, as did their remaining in high spirits during the time of crisis.

“I was told that after they were trapped inside the cave … every day they used pieces of rock to dig to find a way out despite having no food. The hole they dug was quite deep, about five metres.”

They were also disciplined, collecting their rubbish and placing it in a black bag, he wrote.

They also listened to Ekkapol and followed his instructions, the doctor wrote. He told them not to pick up things or remove anything from the cave.

25 year old Ekkapol, or ‘Ake’, was the eldest of those rescued, with the rest aged 11 to 16.

“I secretly noticed since day one that the coach would make sure that the boys ate first and he usually gave his portion to the boys,” the doctor said.

“I’m confident of the coach’s excellent care of the boys before they were located, as their mental and physical conditions were way better than I had expected,” Pak said.

Some netizens have criticised Ekkapol for leading the boys into the cave where they became trapped on June 23 when the water quickly rose after flash floods. However many others have given him their moral support, while encouraging him not to blame himself

Pak and other SEALs were discharged on Sunday while the boys were scheduled to be discharged on Thursday.

Get out your handkerchiefs…

ORIGINAL POST: The Nation

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