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Korean name found scratched on coral off Phuket causes concern

PHUKET: The discovery of a large brain coral with a Korean name scratched on it at a reef off the coast of Phang Nga has once again raised concerns about conservation awareness among tourists diving in the area.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 29 December 2016, 05:31PM


A photo of the scratched coral has been shared on Social Media. Photo: Kapookdotcom/Twitter

A photo of the scratched coral has been shared on Social Media. Photo: Kapookdotcom/Twitter

A diver working for Sign Scuba Co took a photo of the damaged brain coral at a depth of 20 metres west of Koh Similan in Khura Buri district of Phang Nga last Saturday (Dec 24).

The diver was leading clients from the Turtle Rock dive site southwards to the Waterfall Bay site when he came across the damage, according to media reports.

The characters scratched into the coral were Korean, and it was a person’s name, according to the reports. The diver expressed concerned it could lead to even more damage in the area, with copycats doing the same thing, as the number of tourists diving there was growing.

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Kurt | 30 December 2016 - 21:01:18

@ Asterix, You are right. No word about divemaster's nationality.

Regarding that new Foreign Business Law/Act ( find the word 'Foreign' strange as it concerns foreigners and thai nationals), we all know that it never will become a imprisonment or such hefty fine stuff.

It all will be handled well in "misunderstanding/good understanding" and nice financial mediation as l...

Asterix | 30 December 2016 - 15:02:45

@ Kurt

No word says that it is a Thai Divemaster who was acting as a dive guide.
By the way, a lot of Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Russians and European are opening up dive centers and tour companies in Thailand with the help of Thai nominess and employing only native foreigners from their home countries with or without work-permit.
Many of those companies are operating illegally in the touris...

Kurt | 30 December 2016 - 13:26:33

Asterix,  the name 'Park' is very Korean. Hundreds of thousands.
But the local thai dive operator/dive master should be taken out of business, and heavenly fined.
Yes, I know, it is off 'the thai world' thinking, despite all the rules and laws you describe.
The law is the law often doesn't work in Thailand, specially not when it concerns a thai divemaster.

Oh, I always fi...

Asterix | 30 December 2016 - 11:34:09

So, it may be easy with the Korean name “Park Yong-Soo” to find the diver with the Immigration and the dive boat operator which must register with DNP Similan National Park Rangers for the entree fee, then prosecute him and ban him to come back to Thailand as well to investigate the dive boat operator for negligence and without forgetting to check if they have an official Thai Guide aboard, an...

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