Phuket’s beach goes green this summer

If you’re planning to spend time on the beach in Phuket this summer, you might want to avoid Phuket Bay, and especially Saphan Hin Park. The beach is currently covered by a green carpet of seaweed, making tourists think twice about soaking up the sun there.

Known as saaraay phakkaad thalay, the seaweed is a seasonal occurrence, caused by the release of untreated water with a low oxygen content that is released into the sea from the mouth of the Klong Bangyai canal.

The seaweed first began to appear on the beach in April and is expected to remain there for the next few months. Although unpleasant for sun worshippers, it is a natural reaction and a food source for local marine life.

Fisheries specialist Ukkrit Sataphumin, who works for the Phuket Marine Biological Center at Cape Panwa commented to the Phuket Gazette recently that the seaweed grows on the seabed very quickly when exposed to strong nutrient loading and plenty of sunlight. The seaweed then becomes washed ashore by waves and the strong current.

However, visitors to Phuket still have plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from which are entirely unaffected, so this is still a great place to enjoy a tropical island holiday.

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