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Use sharks as a tourist attraction, says Kamala Chief

Use sharks as a tourist attraction, says Kamala Chief

PHUKET: Jutha Dumlak, President of Kamala Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor), has suggested that if a shark actually bit an 8-year-old boy at Kamala Beach last Sunday, then Phuket should be using “real sharks” as a way of attracting tourists.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 6 May 2022, 12:43PM


“It would be added as a ‘new landmark’ to attract tourists from all over the world to visit the paradise island with abundant nature,” Mr Jutha said.

The suggestion follows 8-year-old Naphat Chaiyarak Khrystenko suffering deep bites to his lower right leg at the beach last Sunday. In total, the wounds took 33 stitches to close.

Local lifeguards still maintain that they believe a barracuda inflicted the bites, despite Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) and the leading marine biologist on the island, remaining adamant that a small shark was the culprit.

In response, Kamala OrBorTor has ordered the beach guards to ramp up patrols to keep an eye out for any potentially harmful predators and signs have been posted to warn visitors to the beach in English and Thai of potential danger in the water.

Mr Jutha argued that while the fish might have been a barracuda, he admitted it could have been a small shark, which in his opinion was possible.

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“Due to the situation of the COVID-19 outbreak over the past two years, natural resources in the area have recovered to become more abundant. Fish populations that disappeared years ago are now being seen again,” he said.

“However, if it were a real shark, experts estimate that a non-violent shark species will have a positive effect on the area, which may be added as a new landmark to attract tourists,” Mr Jutha said.

“This would have a positive effect on the tourism sector and attract tourists from all over the world to travel to visit Kamala Beach even more so in the future,” he added.

“Kamala OrBorTor has given importance to preserving the environment to be beautiful, clean, peaceful and safe to support tourists from all over the world who visit Phuket,” Mr Jutha said.

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Sir Burr | 07 May 2022 - 15:58:26

This has already been done. For decades, there was a resident population of Leopard Sharks at a dive called (what else) Shark Point, off the east coast.
Now, I'm told, there are none.

CaptainJack69 | 07 May 2022 - 12:52:21

Seems some people here have been watching too many movies. Even if the water was packed full of sharks you'd still be far more at risk of being bitten by the dogs on the beach than by anything in the water. Of course 'kid gets bitten by dog' isn't a news worthy story so we never hear about it.

christysweet | 07 May 2022 - 10:09:47

Phuket could shift over from beaches, night life and shopping to eco tourism BUT the people are going to have to stop trashing the environment and  no more McCondos could be built. 

JohnC | 07 May 2022 - 09:29:51

This guy has been taking far to much Ya Ba by the sound of it. What a nutcase! Totally clueless. How do these losers get government jobs with responsibilities? LOL.. 

Kakka2 | 07 May 2022 - 07:55:18

let hope at least Thanatorn witl have a read of those ignorant stupid village chief... they are clearly useless and just a mafious organization 

kiwiian | 06 May 2022 - 17:39:09

I want the drug that he is taking...

BigaAResort | 06 May 2022 - 16:38:02

Yea,swimming at Kamala would give people the feeling to be on the end of the food chain , what a drill ! Horst

Fascinated | 06 May 2022 - 13:32:18

'Kome to Kamala- get bitten by a shark' - yep, that'll do it as a slogan. 

CaptainJack69 | 06 May 2022 - 12:52:21

Absolutely. Sharks are apex predators, their presence in an eco-system means that all the other creatures below them are thriving. They haven't been seen off Phuket for decades. If they are coming back now that's a great sign.

 

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