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Chinese Tourists Land in Jail for Damaging Choral Reefs in Thailand

Chinese Tourists Land in Jail for Damaging Choral Reefs in Thailand

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During a diving trip in Phuket, Thailand, three Chinese tourists allegedly touched a starfish and stepped on coral reefs, violating a marine protection law and facing up to two years in prison. Two were jailed after their selfie with a starfish went viral on social media, according to the Bangkok Post. While on a diving excursion off Koh Racha Yai, they stepped on coral reefs and held up starfish for selfies. Sanyang Qin and Wen Zhang were taken by a representative of the travel agency to meet investigators at the Chalong station, according to police. On Thursday, while diving at Ao La off Koh Racha Yai, three Chinese tourists were accused of holding up starfish and climbing on coral reefs to snap photographs. An investigation conducted by the Phuket Marine and Coastal Resourc...