Thailand’s beach made famous by The Beach movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been attacked by hundreds of reef sharks, RIA Novosti reports. And this is a good sign: the fact that predatory fish have returned to the azure waters is the evidence that the environmental situation has improved.
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Danny Boyle’s 2000 film made the beach, Maya Bay, and Ko Phi Phi Leh Island in Thailand incredibly popular. However, the influx of tourists had a negative impact on the environment, and corals began to die in the bay.
Thailand authorities decided to ban access to the beach in June 2018 and the ban is still in effect. Although environmentalists consider the shark invasion to be a sign of the ecosystem regeneration, there is still a long way to go to full recovery.
Ko Phi Phi Leh is the second largest island of the Phi Phi Archipelago. The island consists of limestone hills surrounding two shallow bays, Maya Bay and Loh Samah. There is also a fjord-like inlet called Pi Ley with a small coral reef at the entrance.