Testing Times On Thailand's Beaches
Thai authorities have installed the first of a series of prototype box jellyfish prevention nets in some of the country's sting hotspots.
Koh Mak is the first island to install nets that are now being trialled at Ao Soun Yai beaches outside Phom Pak Dee and Makathanee resorts.
It is vitally important to note that these prototype nets are for testing purposes only and have not yet been proven to prevent box jellyfish from entering their confines. Please do not think you will be safe if you swim inside these nets.
It is unknown as to how long the testing will take. The nets will be monitored and refined by a team assigned with designing and manufacturing effective prevention nets.
It is believed that 2 further prototype nets will be trialled and tested on Koh Samui from July 2017.
Australia is the world's leader in prevention net systems and their nets (different to those being developed in Thailand due to differing conditions) have proven to be effective for a long period of time in protecting swimmers and reducing sting numbers.
Hopefully Thailand too can introduce an effective box jellyfish prevention net system focused on its dangerous beaches that have over the past few years had high sting numbers.
But, in the meantime, remember that the nets that are now in place on Koh Mak and soon on Koh Samui are for testing purposes only, have not yet been fully developed and can not guarantee protection from box jellyfish.
Photos: KohMak Ball