PHI PHI LEH ISLAND, Thailand
The Wider Image: Sharks, tourists jostle for space around Thai destination island
The sun rises over Maya Bay's limestone mountains at the Phi Phi Island National Park, on Phi Phi Leh Island, Krabi province, Thailand, February 27, 2023. On any given day in Maya Bay, up to 40 blacktip reef sharks cruise in the cyan shallows while about 4,000 tourists visit its white-sand beach flanked by towering cliffs. After a tourism ban and the COVID-19 pandemic between 2018 and 2022 halted all visitors to the bay, authorities allowed limited tourism to resume in 2022. Now conservationists say shark numbers are thinning out again, leaving Maya Bay struggling to strike a balance between preserving a pristine ecosystem and sustaining livelihoods dependent on tourism. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA THAILAND SHARKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.