PHI PHI LEH ISLAND, Thailand
The Wider Image: Sharks, tourists jostle for space around Thai destination island
Metavee Chuangcharoendee, 27, from the Maya Shark Watch Project, and who is also a marine biologist with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources of Thailand, pauses while snorkelling as she removes pieces of abandoned fishing nets from a coral reef in Maya Bay, at the Phi Phi Island National Park, on Phi Phi Leh Island, Krabi province, Thailand February 26, 2023. With the number of sharks in Maya Bay already dwindling, authorities and conservationists are intent on keeping tourists from swimming in the bay and driving away the baby sharks, which hide in the shallows and coral reefs from the cannibalistic adults. "We are hoping that with the restrictions in place, we can mitigate the disturbance to (the sharks). We are doing this research in hopes that we can find the best way to manage and the best way for tourism and the environment to coexist," Metavee said. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA THAILAND SHARKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.