Sea lice in Phuket no cause for alarm, says marine expert

PUBLISHED ON THU, AUG 10, 2017 12:36 PM

Sea lice in Phuket no cause for alarm, says marine expert

Shela Riva

 

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Marine-life experts say the sea lice in the waters around Phuket are no cause for alarm. Photo: DMCR

 

PHUKET: -- A local marine-life expert has addressed concerns about the risk of sea lice attacks at Phuket’s beaches after a news report of an Australian teen’s legs being bitten to the point of profuse bleeding went viral around the world on Monday (Aug 7).

 

“Sea lice in Phuket’s waters have never been recorded to harm anyone to any serious extent, or attack in big groups, ” Vararin Vongpanich, a marine biologist at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC), told The Phuket News today (Aug 9).

 

“Yes, we have sea lice from the same genus, but the species most likely varies from that in Australia,” she said.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/sea-lice-in-phuket-no-cause-for-alarm-says-marine-expert-63387.php

 
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