CAPE PANWA: The Phuket Marine Biological Center (PBMC) and Phuket Provincial Administration Organization pooled their resources and released 99 Indonesian Bamboo sharks yesterday in a gesture to mark the birthday of HM King Bhumibol Adulyedej.
The sharks – between six and 12 months old and measuring up to 50 centimeters long – were bred at the PMBC.
Harmless to humans, these creatures – which reach around a meter long when fully grown – can, surprisingly, live out of water for up to 12 hours.
Although bamboo sharks are not classed as endangered, there is concern that accidental or deliberate fishing may soon begin to take their toll on the species.
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