After an animal believed to be a shark bit a child on Phuket's popular beach this week (details of the incident here), a Thai official said the bloodthirsty marine life could be the island's cool new tourist attraction – a perfect example of stupidity and the savagery of individual officials.
As told by Thaiger, Juta Dumlak, president of the administrative organization Kamala Tambon, noted that if this was a shark attack, then these predatory fish could become a new nature tourism trend. He added that since the Covid-19 pandemic began, natural resources have recovered, including fish populations that disappeared many years ago.
“This will positively affect the tourism sector and attract tourists from all over peace…”, – said the official.
Recall, earlier on Kamala Beach, an 8-year-old Thai-Ukrainian boy who was traveling with 6 family members was attacked by an unknown animal, presumably a shark. During the attack, he was swimming with his mother and father and was in water at a depth of 1 meter. The boy was reportedly about 100 meters from the shore.
After the incident, his family and local traders helped pull the boy out of the water and sent him to a Bangkok hospital in Phuket. Doctors put more than 30 stitches on the boy's wound, and a long deep cut remained on the calf of his right leg. Local residents and vendors who witnessed the incident believed that it could be a sea fish or a type of barracuda. But on Tuesday, the island province's leading marine biologist Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong insisted that the boy was bitten by a small bull shark.
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