Another whale shark spotted near Koh Tao

Another whale shark spotted near Koh Tao

A whale shark is spotted between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. (Photo by Ban's Diving Koh Tao)
A whale shark is spotted between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. (Photo by Ban's Diving Koh Tao)

SURAT THANI: Another whale shark was recently spotted by divers at Hin Bai or Sail Rock, a popular diving spot south of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands in this southern coastal province, according to a local media report.

The shark, about 3-4 metres long, was sighted by a team of diving instructors from Ban's Diving Koh Tao. It was swimming about 18 metres under water, surrounded by various species of fish.

The divers were very excited by the sighting of the whale, and christened it "Phi Chut" (Spotty) due to the spots on its skin. 

In May, divers from Koh Tao Thai Divers came across a larger whale shark while exploring Hin Khieo or Green Rock. That shark was estimated to be 4-6 metres long and was swimming at a depth of 16.3 metres. 

Wichawut Jinto, the governor of Surat Thani, said the sighting of at least two whale sharks in the area was an indication that the richness of undersea natural resources near Koh Tao had returned.

In the middle of last year, a whale shark, about 4 metres long, was spotted by divers near Kong Chumphon, another diving spot on Koh Tao, he said.


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