Photos of Chinese tourists scooping up sea urchins and giant sea clams near Koh Chang in Thailand have sparked new accusations about the visitors’ boorish behavior.
China News Service is reporting that two selfies taken by mainlanders holding sea urchins and clams have been circulating online.
A spokesperson for the tourism authorities of Koh Chang said visitors are not allowed to take away any form of marine life.
They are investigating whether the reported incidents have actually taken place.
Divers must go down to at least two meters and have the necessary equipment in order to dig for clams, the spokesman said.
Many Chinese tourists who have been to Koh Chang left messages online that local fishermen would let tourists hold the sea urchins or clams they catch to take a photo.
The sea urchins and clams would be released into the sea afterwards.
Some netizens said it is almost impossible to catch sea urchins with bare hands, suggesting the story might have been made up to smear the Chinese tourists.
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