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In Thailand, a giant rock has damaged the reef

Local media are reporting that in Thailand, a coral reef at a popular dive site near the islands of Koh Phi Phi, has been damaged by a giant rock weighing 30,000 tonnes that broke off and fell into the water directly onto the coral. Fortunately, no one was around when the incident occurred. During a
Published: November 6, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:29
In Thailand, a giant rock has damaged the reef

Local media are reporting that in Thailand, a coral reef at a popular dive site near the islands of Koh Phi Phi, has been damaged by a giant rock weighing 30,000 tonnes that broke off and fell into the water directly onto the coral.

Fortunately, no one was around when the incident occurred. During a routine patrol, National Park officers noticed that part of the rock had broken off and fallen into the water, from where it protruded in two pieces.

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The region has experienced significant rainfall over the past two months. Koh Phi Phi National Park chief Prayoon Phongphan reported at a press conference that the detached rock fragment weighs between 30,000 and 50,000 tonnes….

It is believed that the whole thing broke off during stormy weather, when the area was hit by strong winds and large waves.

Koh Mae Urai, is a site located between Koh Phi Phi and Krabi. It is an exceptionally picturesque dive location with two tunnels lined with soft and hard corals. When the current is not too strong and visibility is good, Koh Mae Urai is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Ao Nang area.

The reef here is home to several important corals, including the species Acropora cervicornis. Initial estimates suggest that up to 20% of the coral around the island may have been damaged by falling rocks. Work is currently ongoing to determine the actual extent of the damage.

The area around the island has been closed off and boat operators have been warned not to approach the site until specialists investigating the area are satisfied that divers and other tourists are safe.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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