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Phuket officials warn public of crocodile spotted near Chalong pier

Maya Taylor

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Officials in Phuket are warning residents near Chalong Pier of a crocodile sighting in the area over the weekend. Nation Thailand reports that Natchaphong Pranit from the Phuket Port Authority Office says the reptile was spotted in the water around 3pm on Saturday.

“We advise operators of boat services and general public to exercise extra caution when entering the pier area, either to park their boats or for other activities. If you find or have information about the crocodile, please contact hotline 1199 or 076-391-174.”

Chalong Bay is Phuket’s largest bay, located around 10 kilometres south of Phuket town. The pier is the province’s main boat docking location and well-used by tourists, divers, and other day-trippers, with boats regularly chartered for snorkelling and diving trips.

This is not Phuket’s first brush with such reptiles. In 2018, a crocodile was spotted at Layan beach, in the north of the island, having originally been seen at Yanui beach in the south. The reptile proved illusive and despite several sightings, it took officials 10 days to capture it. It was eventually caught by a specialist crocodile catching team from the southern province of Surat Thani, with the help of local fishermen.

The year before, a larger crocodile was spotted near Laypang beach, north of Bangtao. It was subsequently captured at an inland lake in the area.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Svcoquette

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Great, I spent 2 hrs this morning cleaning our boat bottom in Chalong Bay. It would have been nice if this story was posted Saturday or even Sunday.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Was under the impression they are territorial and do not stray far from their nest.
    If so why should it be removed.
    Who is intruding on who’s territory.
    if you can’t get along with crocs don’t live in their backyard.

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    toby andrews

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    It is a Buddhist reincarnation of a Phuket taxi driver.

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    Fred glue

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Well I hope that crocodile swims away & be safe. Because he or she will end up at the shoe shop in the Phuket markets. (Stalls) swim crocodile swim… but if it attacks someone by all means I will have a size-10.
    Catch & release so they tell me…….

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    Animal Observer

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Crocodylus porosus ?

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    MARTIN BERRY

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:53 am

    If its looking for tourists then its going to be really disappointed. Interesting that a Croc should be found yet again swimming around the coast of Phuket, how many are out there that are camera shy, better get snapping !

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