Garbage islands: Another discovered in Gulf of Thailand

Garbage islands: Another discovered in Gulf of Thailand

A garbage island is found off Koh Talu in Bang Saphan district, Prachuap Khiri Khan. (Photo from Siam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation)
A garbage island is found off Koh Talu in Bang Saphan district, Prachuap Khiri Khan. (Photo from Siam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation)

Second garbage island discovered by snorkeling tourists, this time island was heading towards tourist island.


Garbage islands: Another discovered in Gulf of Thailand

Chaiwat Satyaem

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - A floating garbage island has been found in the Gulf of Thailand off Bang Saphan district in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Snorkellers snorkeling off the island Koh Talu in the district on Sunday reported the floating trash on top of the ocean moving towards the island of Koh Talu to Siam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation.

The garbage included plastic bags, bottles and foam boxes and was about one kilometre long.


A close-up of the floating trash found off Koh Talu. (Photo from Siam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation)

Besides being unpleasant to see and swim in, the garbage could damage shallow coral reefs around the island and pollute the island if it washes up on the island's beaches.

The latest floating garbage to be found is the second trash slick to be found in the province after the previous one was detected in February.


Authorities said the trash two months ago could be debris flowing into the sea from the heavy floods in southern provinces.

It took about 10 days to remove the first garbage island from the sea.


(Source: Google Earth)

The foundation alerted the Marine and Coastal Resources Department.

The department sent speed boats to locate the trash.

The trash is currently being collected and removed from the sea.

Back in 2012, the web magazine Vice sailed to the North Pacific to investigate the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

This is "a mythical, Texas-sized island made entirely of our trash" much greater in size than the tiny garbage islands found floating in the Gulf of Thailand.

Below are the videos of their voyage to find the gigantic garbage island:

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  • alert: a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous - การเตือนให้ระวัง
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • close-up (adj): of a photo taken very close to a person's face, object, etc. -
  • collect (verb): to gather together a group/set/amount of things, often of the same sort - สะสม, เก็บรวบรวม
  • coral reef: an area of coral, the top of which can sometimes be seen just above the sea - แนวปะการัง
  • damage (verb): to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
  • debris: broken pieces that are left when something large has been destroyed - เศษ ซากปรักหักพัง  ซากสิ่งของที่ถูกทำลาย
  • detected: noticed, discovered or found out - จับได้ พบได้
  • discover: to be the first person to become aware that a particular place or thing exists - ค้นพบ
  • district (noun): an area of a country, town or province, especially one that has particular features - เขต, อำเภอ, บริเวณ, แขวง
  • entirely: completely; in every way possible - โดยทั้งหมด, โดยสิ้นเชิง
  • floating (adj): resting or moving slowly on the surface of a liquid and not sinking; lighter than air, and moving slowly through it - ลอยบนผิวน้ำหรือในอากาศ
  • flood (noun): a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry - น้ำท่วม
  • flowing: moving steadily and continuously in one direction - ที่ต่อเนื่อง, ที่ราบรื่น, ที่คล่อง
  • foam: a soft light material, full of small holes, that is used for containers, seats, etc. - ฟอง
  • foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ
  • gigantic: extremely large - มหึมา ใหญ่โต
  • investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
  • latest (adj): newest; most recent - ] ล่าสุด, See also: ทันสมัยที่สุด, เกิดหลังสุด
  • locate: to find where someone or something is - หาทำเล,หาที่ตั้ง
  • mythical: relating to or existing only in myths; imaginary, or not real - ซึ่งเป็นนิทาน
  • patch (noun): a small area which is different in some way from the area that surrounds it - ที่, ที่ดิน
  • pollute (verb): (of water, air, land) to cause to have dirty or harmful substances so that it is no longer pleasant or safe to use - ทำให้เป็นมลพิษ
  • previous: happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about - แต่ก่อน, เมื่อก่อน
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • removal: taking something away - การเอาออกจาก
  • remove (verb): to take something away - เอาออก
  • report (verb): to tell someone officially that something exists or happened - รายงาน
  • shallow: not deep - ตื้น
  • slick (noun): an area of oil or waste that is floating on the surface of the sea - ผิวลื่นเป็นมัน
  • snorkeling: swimming under water using a snorkel, a piece of equipment with a tube that fits in your mouth so that you can breathe while swimming under water - ท่อช่วยหายใจในน้ำ
  • snorkeller: people who do the sport of snorkeling, swimming under water with mask, snorkel to breath air from above water and diving fins, in order to see the fish and coral under the water -
  • trash: things that you throw away because you no longer want or need them - ขยะ
  • voyage: a long journey - การเดินทางอันยาวไกล
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