18 year low tide in Prachuap province

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18 year low tide in Prachuap province

Post by PeteC » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:06 pm

Where did all the water go?

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Breaking News July 26, 2017 11:52 By The Nation

In a phenomenon seen only once every 18 years, the tide level dropped dramatically along the Prachuap Khiri Khan shore on Tuesday afternoon, revealing the sea bed and coral.

Passengers on the Hua Hin-Pattaya ferry had plenty of time to snap photos of the unusual sight when their departure time was postponed from 1 to 4pm. The low tide was most apparent between Hua Hin Beach and Bang Saphan Noi district, where fishing boats docking in the Khao Takiab Canal came close to resting on its muddy bottom. The tide was lowest from noon to 1pm and the phenomenon was expected to recur at the same time on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bumrungchat Chat-ananthawet, director of the Institute for Research and Development of Marine Resources and Coastal Mangrove, said the plunging tide level was a natural phenomenon that takes place every 18 years, each time lasting several days and for 1-3 hours a day. He said it doesn’t harm the coral or other marine life, which are able to adjust.

But he warned anyone taking pictures to avoid stepping on coral or otherwise disturbing the marine ecosystem.
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Re: 18 year low tide in Prachuap province

Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:24 pm

prcscct wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:06 pm
Where did all the water go?

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/ ... s/30321841

Breaking News July 26, 2017 11:52 By The Nation

In a phenomenon seen only once every 18 years, the tide level dropped dramatically along the Prachuap Khiri Khan shore on Tuesday afternoon, revealing the sea bed and coral.

Passengers on the Hua Hin-Pattaya ferry had plenty of time to snap photos of the unusual sight when their departure time was postponed from 1 to 4pm. The low tide was most apparent between Hua Hin Beach and Bang Saphan Noi district, where fishing boats docking in the Khao Takiab Canal came close to resting on its muddy bottom. The tide was lowest from noon to 1pm and the phenomenon was expected to recur at the same time on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bumrungchat Chat-ananthawet, director of the Institute for Research and Development of Marine Resources and Coastal Mangrove, said the plunging tide level was a natural phenomenon that takes place every 18 years, each time lasting several days and for 1-3 hours a day. He said it doesn’t harm the coral or other marine life, which are able to adjust.

But he warned anyone taking pictures to avoid stepping on coral or otherwise disturbing the marine ecosystem.
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Any idea how much lower this is than the usual low tides for the time of year?

And are there places along the Prachuap coast where you can view live coral just by walking out into the sea with a facemask (not swimming/snorkelling over them)? Sorry if I'm ignorant, but would like to spend a bit more time doing that sort of thing.

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Re: 18 year low tide in Prachuap province

Post by buksida » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:28 pm

404cameljockey wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:24 pm
And are there places along the Prachuap coast where you can view live coral just by walking out into the sea with a facemask (not swimming/snorkelling over them)? Sorry if I'm ignorant, but would like to spend a bit more time doing that sort of thing.
Yes, there is a bay in Bangsaphan called Bo Thong Lang where you can walk off the shore at low tide and see coral:
http://www.bangsaphanguide.com/attractions/
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Re: 18 year low tide in Prachuap province

Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:32 pm

buksida wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:28 pm
404cameljockey wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:24 pm
And are there places along the Prachuap coast where you can view live coral just by walking out into the sea with a facemask (not swimming/snorkelling over them)? Sorry if I'm ignorant, but would like to spend a bit more time doing that sort of thing.
Yes, there is a bay in Bangsaphan called Bo Thong Lang where you can walk off the shore at low tide and see coral:
http://www.bangsaphanguide.com/attractions/
Thank you so much Buksida, I'll check that out.

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