Whales in the wild: rare gem amid Thailand's mass tourism
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Piercing the water’s surface with its almond-shaped mouth, a giant Bryde’s whale opens wide for one, two, three seconds, gulping in anchovies as a boatload of awed tourist look on in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a rare glimpse of marine life in its natural habitat, in a kingdom overrun with mass tourist attractions such as aquariums and dolphin shows. Once a dream for scuba divers, many of Thailand’s coral reefs have been dulled by pollution, over-fishing and increased boat traffic, as well as over-enthusiastic swimmers.
Thouvenot, D. (2016, December 14). Whales in the wild: rare gem amid Thailand's mass tourism. Manila Standard, p. B4.
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Ecotourism; Habitat; Aquaria; Water pollution; Overfishing; Aquatic mammals; Animal welfare; Mortality; Water pollution; Illegal fishing; Economics; Scuba diving; Tropical fish; Coral reef conservation; Environmental protection; Marine and Coastal Research Center (MCRC); International Fund for Animal Welfare; Jirayu, Ekkul; Harvey, James; Thongsukdee, Surasak
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