Thailand ‘Prostituting its Resources,’ Says Top Nature Photographer

As one of Thailand’s foremost marine conservation photographers, Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai sees on a daily basis dead baby sharks discarded as trash by fishing trawlers, tourist speedboats crushing coral, and dead whales cut open and full of plastic.

“We are prostituting our resources for others to use,” he said. “We are eating the world to extinction right now.”

But despite Thailand’s bleak environmental situation, Shin says social media is offering glimpses of hope this World Oceans Day.

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