A baby hammerhead shark served on the Koh Lanta restaurant menu

PHUKET: It has been learned that a restaurant on Koh Lanta Island, south of Phuket, serves baby hammerhead sharks on its menu, with marine activist Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat now calling for the addition of Sphyrnidae to the list endangered species.

The photo was reportedly taken at the “Try Me Restaurant” in Koh Lanta on June 30. Photo: Sunshine Sketcher / Facebook

Dr Thon’s appeal follows a photo of a small hammerhead shark served on a dish at a Koh Lanta restaurant that went viral after being posted on the Facebook page of Sun designer yesterday (August 5).

A message posted with the photo read, “This is the end of a baby hammerhead shark. The photo is taken at the “Try Me Restaurant” on Koh Lanta on June 30 which serves three courses with baby sharks and recently other tourists have also complained that they have seen an increasing number of baby sharks end up on its menu.

“The hammerhead shark shown on the plate is the same species that research in Thailand shows its numbers around the world have declined to 95% in 10 years, indicating that it is almost endangered, according to research in Thailand. IUCN Red List Survey Poachers are responsible for the recent decline of hammerhead sharks These poachers will sell hammerhead sharks to restaurants which will then turn them into delicacies.

The post then went on to say that “Koh Lanta is a tourist attraction known for its beautiful scenery, especially at Moo Koh Lanta National Park. Most tourists visit the island to enjoy the beauty of the sea and perhaps hope to see baby sharks swimming in its surroundings and not on a restaurant menu.

“It’s time for Koh Lanta operators to go their separate ways for a restaurant like this to stop selling baby hammerhead sharks on its menu and declare Koh Lanta free to sell marine animals such as hammerhead sharks.” that are valuable to our marine ecosystem.

“Please don’t eat sharks because sharks in the ocean are more valuable than the dead shark on your plate. “

Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat commented on his Facebook page yesterday about the photo asking people to share the post and comment: “I have discussed with Mr. Kasemsun Chinnavasa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, which officials suggest adding the hammerhead sharks on the endangered species list because the recent condition clearly shows it has declined 95% in 10 years. Mr Kasemsun said the DMCR is collecting information on this, but in the meantime please help us save this animal. If the island of Phi Phi can stop selling it, why not Koh Lanta.

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