Oceans

  • Thailand News

    Sea-crets revealed: Marine scientist makes waves with sea foam

    The phenomenon of sea foam is a rare natural occurrence that has recently been highlighted by a marine scientist and lecturer at the Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University, Thon Thamrongnawasawat. The image, shared on Facebook, serves as a stark reminder of the environmental changes affecting our oceans. Thon yesterday posted a picture of the infrequent phenomenon…

  • Thailand News

    New year’s feast or fin-ite: WildAid uncovers Thai waters’ shark crisis

    As Lunar New Year approaches, WildAid‘s latest findings expose a crisis in Thai waters, where shark fins on celebratory dining tables spell extinction for these majestic creatures, threatening the balance of the ocean’s ecosystem. WildAid sounded the alarm based on a comprehensive DNA analysis of shark fin products sold in Thailand. A staggering 62% of fins sampled come from species…

  • Guides

    Exploring Thailand’s secluded snorkelling paradises

    Snorkelling enthusiasts often go to Thailand due to its stunning coral reefs, abundance of marine life and crystal-clear seas. Numerous fascinating snorkelling locations can be found around the nation, ranging from serene coves to thriving underwater ecosystems. This article will take you on an amazing adventure to discover five of Thailand’s top snorkelling spots, each with its special charm. Similan…

  • Thailand News

    World Oceans Day: The fight to save our seas and combat climate change

    On World Oceans Day, today, Warawut Sillapa-archa, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, encouraged Thais to help conserve the oceans by not littering in water. He also stressed the importance of oceans absorbing 30% of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, acting as a natural carbon sink. However, increased human activities have led to higher levels of carbon dioxide and…

  • Environment News

    Thai ecologist sounds alarm on declining shark numbers

    A Thai ecologist is sounding the alarm on the decline in the number of sharks in the country’s waters. The marine ecologist, Assistant Professor Thon Thamrongnawasawat, the deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Kasetsart University, presented some worrying facts about the situation. Dr Thon said that around 75 of the 87 shark species in Thai waters are endangered.…

  • Thailand News

    Thai fisheries department introduces unique new clownfish breed

    The Thai fisheries department introduced a unique new clownfish breed. The new breed, called Gold x Thunder Maroon, is a cross between the Gold Nugget Maroon and Thunder Maroon clownfish. Gold x Thunder Maroon clownfish have maroon-spotted white sides. They grow to a maximum length of 17 centimetres. Males of the species can reproduce at six months old, while females can…

  • Pattaya News

    Coral reefs off Chon Buri found diseased

    There’s been some unfortunate news for all the ocean lovers out there. Coral reefs off Chon Buri’s Sattahip district and the Samae San island have this month been found to have yellow-band disease. The disease attacks and kills colonies of coral, according to the director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. Yellow-band disease occurs when coral gets stressed…

  • Environment News

    Phuket officials say contaminated seawater found last week not a hazard

    Phuket officials insist that the contaminated seawater found last week in the south of the island has not caused environmental damage. The contaminated water was reportedly spotted near the Chalong Pier on October 13. It was spotted south of the pier leading to the Phi Phi Islands. After the contaminated water was reported, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources…

  • World News

    Bleaching damages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, corals drained of colour

    Bleaching has damaged Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, including in its marine park. Bleaching occurs when rising ocean temperatures drain corals of their colours. Marine park authorities say the bleaching is “widespread” across multiple regions, ranging from minor to severe. High sea temperatures have caused bleaching in the reef since 1997, and many corals struggle to survive. Meanwhile, starfish also eat…

  • Environment News

    After pipeline spills, Rayong officials say beach is “still unsafe”

    After 3 separate oil spills from the same company within a month, Rayong officials say the Mae Ramphueng beach is still unsafe. Health officials tested urine samples of officials who had to collect the oil. Out of 534 officials, 3 showed unsafe levels of volatile compounds. 18 other officials still await their results. The Rayong Pollution Control Centre also said…

  • World News

    BTS promotes Samsung’s ocean cleanup campaign in ‘Galaxy for the Future’ MV

    In a new music video, South Korea’s BTS is promoting the recycling of ocean-bound plastics and the use of eco-conscious packaging for the new Samsung Galaxy S22 Series smartphones. The MV capped off last night’s Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event, which saw the release of Samsung’s newest devices, with an eco-friendly emphasis on their Galaxy for the Planet initiative and the…

  • Environment News

    Oil-affected Rayong beach will host Valentine’s Day event to celebrate reopening

    Love will conquer all, including an oil spill off the Thai coastline. The Rayong beach where oil reached its shores last month will host a Valentine’s Day event called “Rayong in Love” to celebrate the beach’s reopening. The event at Mae Ram Phueng Beach will start on Saturday, February 12, and end on Monday, February 14. The Rayong governor said…

  • World News

    ASEAN commit to eliminating marine plastic

    “At present, four ASEAN members are the world’s top ocean polluters, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.” At the recent 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok last month the 10 member states of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) adopted “The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region” in an effort to eliminate marine plastic debris in the region. ASEAN…