Tour boat driver fined 500 baht for starfish selfies by a tourist

A long-tail tour boat driver was yesterday fined 500 baht after he pleaded guilty to picking up starfishes and sea cucumbers from the seabed for tourists to take selfies.

The driver Ekawat Hatsakorn, 35, was summoned to the Hat Chao Mai marine national park in Trang province after he was found to be the driver of Chokwimol Tour tourist boat which took a group of Thai tourists from Ratchaburi province to the marine park and allowed them to take selfies with the starfishes and sea cucumbers.

Park officials then lectured him about the national park rules and regulations, and told him that catching any sea animals from the sea for selfies is illegal.

He was then fined 500 baht.

He promised not to do it again although saying that he later released all the catches into the sea after the tourists' selfies.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)