Surat Thani – Tourists were thrilled to see a pod of 20 dolphins jumping and playing in the sea off Koh Tao, which earlier this month was named by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) as an island with a strong community committed to coral reef conservation, PostToday reported this afternoon (13.6.2020).
The tourists who were holidaying on Koh Tao after the relaxation of Covid-19 measures took a boat to go to Koh Nang Yuan and on the way ran into the dolphins frolicking in the sea.
They were told that the number of dolphins in this area had increased from just three to four seen last week.
During the period tourism slowed down due to the coronavirus pandemic Koh Tao Thai Divers Team (KTDT) in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources had planted 40,000 corals in the sea around the island plus another 33 of them in the deep water at Aow Leuk and Hin Ngam bays and off the central zone of .Sairee beach
On June 8, which was World Oceans Day 2020, UNEP named Koh Tao as an island with a strong community committed to coral reef conservation, leading to this island joining the global communities that follows “Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dive operators and local dive schools on Koh Tao were also praised for adopting the Green Fins practices to protect the marine environment. This island is considered to be a top international destination to learn diving.
Koh Tao – which means turtle Island – was given the name because its pristine beaches have long been breeding and egg-laying sites for green turtles.
Top: Dolphins enjoying themselves in the sea off Koh Tao. Photo: PostToday
Insert: One of Koh Tao’s beautiful beaches. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand