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Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 09:12
by buksida
Hi Apache,
Yes there are dangerous marine creatures on any reef ecosystem but they are easily avoided by simply not touching anything.

The itching has probably been caused by 'sea lice' which you cant actually see, they are harmless but do cause skin irritation. Direct contact with coral will also cause skin irritation, there is a type called 'fire coral' which can be quite painful if touched. Again, watch your buoyancy and don't come into contact with the reef.

Jellyfish are usually found along the shore line and not on the reef so you're more likely to encounter them by swimming off the beach. These are probably the most dangerous things you'll encounter, so don't swim if you see any washed up.

I have never seen a manta or shark in the Gulf of Siam in all of my diving here, they have all been fished out. Reef sharks are pretty harmless anyway - the ones people are scared of live in cold waters!

There are a lot of cone shells which are very venomous:
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Do not under any circumstances pick them up or touch them as they have a nasty spike.

That is the basic rule of thumb, keep your diving and snorkeling to a 'hands off' experience and nothing will hurt you.

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 10:26
by APACHE387
Thank you Buksida for giving your experience and your advices on the way to go into the sea.
I especialy agree with you I will watch my buoyancy and and will limit contact with the reef.
And touch nothing.

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 23 Apr 2011 11:54
by salmanchap
This was interesting. You seem very knowledgeable in your field.

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 23 Apr 2011 14:47
by buksida
Thanks for bumping the thread - I sincerely hope a spam link isnt on the way.

Just dived Koh Sang this morning so will have some new pics (hopefully) to add here.

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 24 Apr 2011 14:31
by buksida
Unfortunately the viz below the surface didn't tell the same story as the stunning colour of sea above it! The camera also steamed up a lot and leaked a bit so apologies for the poor quality of these ones ...
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Pink anemone fish, very common around Koh Sing and Sang
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A cuttlefish crept up on me.
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There are also a lot of clams and cowries in the area.
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Blue spotted stingray, actually saw 5 or 6 of these.

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 15:36
by Archibald
Koh Thalu marine life is exclusive , This is really the natural view under water, This is so classic pictures view and really admirable.

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 16:08
by buksida
An update on marine life around Koh Talu and the islands has been posted here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=571

Re: Koh Talu marine life

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 19:52
by buksida
Two Bryde's whales spotted at Koh Talu this morning:
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