04 Sep '11, 10pm

Swimming Free

By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent [email protected] Last Saturday morning I found myself balancing on the tailgate of a pickup truck loaded with some 30 live sharks in plastic bags. It was one of two trucks, transporting 60 young sharks in all. Dive instructor Jean Christophe Thomas and I sat in the back of one of them. One of my legs was down by a plastic bag bloated with water and oxygen. The black tipped shark in the bag swam furiously round and round, occasionally bumping into my leg. It was a 15 minute trip to the pier, but encountering unexpected traffic on the pier itself – one of the downsides of Pattaya – we placed upturned soft drink crates on the bags to prevent them from heating up in the sun. We transferred them as soon as possible to the covered deck of the boat. Soon we were off out to sea, eventually mooring near a reef some 26 kilometres off Pattaya, ...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2011/09/04/swimming-free/

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