Strange sights in Thailand 1: fish eating bananas

Banana-eating tropical fish

I haven’t yet been able to find out what fish species these little fellas are and the tour guide wasn’t really sure but apparently this is pretty common on some of the islands in the Andaman Sea (particularly, I’m guessing, where they take tourists to show them such sights).

The snorkeling around these beaches was pretty amazing: clear water, inquisitive local species such as parrotfish, collared butterflyfish and the always interesting clownfish; plus a huge array of coral fans, giant sponges and molluscs.

It was disappointing to see how some tourists treated such an amazing place – what makes people walking along a perfect beach or swimming in crystal-clear water want to throw rubbish in it? Or for one young guy on Yongkasem (Monkey Beach) to feel the need to throw a rock and hit a very tame monkey?

Here’s hoping the Thai Government keeps their restrictions on boat numbers at Phi Phi Don and other smaller islands and local authorities work to communicate how important it is to look after the flora and fauna and also fine those who break the rules.


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Posted on November 4, 2012, in conservation, fishing, photography, sea life, tourism, travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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