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Thais angry after Asian tourists seen posing with protected marine life - but the penalty can only be a fine

 

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Image: Thairath

 

KOH CHANG: -- Tourism officials national park officials are seeking action after two Asian tourist posed with protected marine species on a Facebook page.

 

The tourists - out on a dive boat tour from Koh Chang - were breaking the law in bringing a large "tiger hand" clam to the surface and posing for holiday snaps with urchins retrieved from the sea bed, reported Thairath.

 

They believe that the pictures were taken in the Koh Rang area off the southern coast of the holiday island.

 

But the officials noted  that even if the tourists are apprehended they can only be fined for their behavior.

 

Boat operators who allow such activity could have their licenses removed but intent would have to be proven in that case.

 

The clams are a protected species under Thai law. Furious tourism officials who saw the pictures on Facebook notified their counterparts at the Koh Chang national park office as well as other agencies to find the tourists and seek action over the matter.

 

Source: Thairath

 
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Thais seem to get angry over anything and everything these days...if the marine life is protected than why let tourists go there in the first place, rules are going to be broken

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Get angry against your own citizens first when they exploit elephants and kill tigers etc etc etc.

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Are all the warm smiles and sparkling eyes of the young Thai beauties (I mean the legit ones I encounter, pharmacists, info booth girls, nurses) fake, hiding nothing but cold resentment and mean spirit? Sort of like the plastic veneer of required courtesy in Japan?

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.....sick....rampant.....racism......

 

....the tour operators take them there......yet you want to blame and charge the hapless foreigners....

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.....'we' can do no right....except relieve ourselves of all our money.......

 

...and 'they' can do no wrong.......

 

...this is insane and out of control.....

 

 

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Went for diving and snorkling to Koh Chang couple of times. And what we experianced was: hundreds of tourists (mostly asian and sure thais) are snorkling and stepping on the last excisting corals and nobody is looking after that.

Tour boats crew are diving and bringing up for us shells and animals that should remain where they are and we told them to get them imediatly back to the water as this is the ruin of the wildlife!

So far in the next years there wont be any corals around Koh Chang: what kind of protecting of the NP is that?

 

Not blame the foreigners: blame the thais working in the tourism industry all over the country: and yes  - fine them with hundred thousands of bath!!!!!! So thais only learn a lesson if you grap into their pocket and take money out of it!

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what's wrong about showing some "marine life" while in the sea and let it go after having a photo?

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Funny that! Police and army officers caught in Human Trafficking and moved to another or inactive posts......

and they want jail time for taking a selfie with a giant clam!? What a F*#ked up attitude! 

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1 hour ago, williamgeorgeallen said:

should be more worried about loosing their freedom. at least they didnt loose that to naughty foreigners.

Correct that has been taken by their own

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