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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Thailand issues warning to idiot tourists

No matter where you go in the world you'll find moronic tourists.

And some of most moronic can be found on jet skis in Thailand.

Now Thailand's natural resources and environment minister Varawut Silpaarcha has a message for these intellectually challenged tourists: don't go chasing whales on jet skis.

Sightings of Bryde's whales off the coast of Petchaburi province went viral, prompting a flood of tourists to the area.

That led to a group of about 20 tourists hopping on jet skis and chasing the whales in the water.

Varawut has ordered local authorities to safeguard the area from such activity and to try to educate tourists, Travel Mole reports.

"Bryde's whales which appear seasonally in Petchaburi are precious gifts from nature - tourists are urged not to disturb the whales because with such disturbances, the mammals may not return to the site" he said.

They are also putting themselves in danger, he said.

Thailand has stringent rules on whale watching as part of a revamp of its marine tourism strategy and Varawut wants authorities to make sure they are being upheld.

The Bryde's whale is one of 19 protected mammal species in Thailand.

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