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, installs the team's baited remote underwater video station, along with her teammates Sommawan Kasa, 29, Paphassawan Sunthornkel, 33, Nuch Natwarachawisut, 29, and Jampon Khonthong, 38, in Maya Bay at the Phi Phi Island National Park, on Phi Phi Leh Island, Krabi province, Thailand February 23, 2023. The Maya Shark Watch Project use underwater cameras and drones to count sharks and observe their behaviour, feeding areas, and breeding patterns. In the year between November 2021, when they initiated a pilot study, and the end of 2022, they noticed a decrease in the number of sharks as tourists gradually returned to Maya Bay. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA THAILAND SHARKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.