Experts from the Phuket Marine Biology Centre believe that a Blacktip Reef Shark is responsible for biting a Japanese tourists foot while he was surfing in Phuket Yesterday (August 16)
Rescue workers were called after reports a tourist had been bitten while surfing at Kamala Beach at 12.30pm yesterday.
When workers arrived they found the man with wounds on his left foot.
The man was apparently surfing 200 metres from the shore when he was bitten by an unknown creature and ran to shore for aid.
One local resident said the bite looked similar to those inflicted by a barracuda which has many small sharp teeth and there habitat is the coral reefs off of the shoreline.
The rescue workers administered first aid before the man insisted on taking himself to hospital.
The Bangkok Hospital Phuket later identified the man as Mr Keita Koshigoe, 37.
An expert Dr Kongkiet Kittiwattanawong said that after examining the wounds they believe that a Blacktip Reef Shark was responsible for the bite.
These sharks are common in both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand and can grow to nearly two metres in length when fully grown.
He noted that the shark’s primary food source is small fish and must have mistaken the man’s foot as such.
Dr Kittiwattanawong also said that the public need not be alarmed over the incident stating that such events are incredibly rare.
Source : Thephuketnews
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