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Thailand’s Maya Bay has witnessed a near miraculous recovery in marine life after being wrecked by overtourism

Thailand’s Maya Bay has witnessed a near miraculous recovery in marine life after being wrecked by overtourism -76878019_171991947338099_7571373684997415095_n

Thailand’s Maya Bay has witnessed a near miraculous recovery in marine life after being wrecked by overtourism.⁠⠀
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The picturesque cove – made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’ – was packed full of up to 5,000 tourists, every day for some 18 years. The noise of the tourist boat engines frightened the birds, the fuel poisoned the fish, and the sediment churned up by the propellers choked the coral.⁠⠀
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But after being closed to all tourists since June last year, its ecosystem is coming back to life in what has been described as Thailand’s conservation miracle.⁠⠀
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“When you take the human factor out, nature thrives,” said one conservationist. He explains that the natural recovery process has been accelerated by restoration of the coral reefs that provide food and shelter for a plethora of marine life.⁠⠀
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“The seabirds are back, and even the monkeys are back. Before, the monkeys were shot to protect the tourists,” he added. ⁠⠀
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Visit the link in our bio to read the full story⁠⠀
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📸: Singha Estates⁠⠀
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