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Like many places in Thailand, Shark Point's most colourful features are the profusion of purple and pink soft corals that cling to the rocks. The strong currents that sweep over the pinnacle provide food a-plenty for hundreds of different species of hard corals and Indo-Pacific tropical fish. Literally every square centimetre is covered by something living, and at times it seems that every square centimetre of water surrounding Shark Point is filled with fish!

The name of the site comes from our common leopard (zebra) shark (stegastoma varium), a docile creature that hangs out in the sand surrounding the pinnacle. These completely approachable, trusting sharks grow to lengths of a little over two meters, and most divers think that they are one of the cutest sharks in the ocean. Divers who are not accustomed to seeing sharks are genuinely surprised at how big and approachable they are. Unfortunately, many times these sharks are taken advantage of and handled unnecessarily. Handling by divers can injure the animal and expose it to infection. Touching an animal in no way benefits it and-more often than not, seriously harms it.

To protect the fragile eco-system and preserve the tremendous variety of marine life that occupies the reef this popular dive site was declared a marine sanctuary in 1992 by the Thai government and all forms of commercial fishing, collecting of marine life, or other forms of harmful activity are prohibited. Official mooring buoys have been installed and no anchors should be dropped here.

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