As small predators of the shallow reefs around Phuket, harmless to humans, bamboo sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for the reef’s health.
By taking sharks out of the coral reef ecosystem, its entire balance is at risk.
From December 1, 2022, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, OFA foundation and the PMBC (Phuket Marine Biology Centre) will help hatch the eggs in an aquarium at the lobby of the resort, rather than in the open sea where they are vulnerable to other predators. When they are about 4 to 6 months old, they are released into the sea to provide them with a size advantage, which may increase their lifespan.
We invite you to come and discover more about these lovely creatures right at the lobby of Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.
The bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) is a small benthic shark species native to the Gulf of Thailand. It can also be found across Southeast Asia, northern Australia and Japan.
Bamboo sharks can grow up to 1 meter in length as an adult and live about 20 years.
They feed on invertebrates like crabs and small fish on the reef. They pose absolutely no threat to humans.
Their presence in shallow reefs is extremely important as they help keep the fragile ecosystem in perfect balance.
The bamboo shark became an endangered species a few years ago due to its popularity with fish collectors and exotic food enthusiasts. Pollution and overfishing are big threats to their survival as well.
Last year OFA and PMBC released more than 200 bamboo sharks around Phuket.
• Bamboo sharks are active mainly at night and sleep during the day in the crevices of coral reefs, in shallow waters.
• Bamboo sharks are oviparous. The eggs are enclosed in elongated, flattened shells. They can take up to four months to hatch.
• Because they often hunt in tide pools, these sharks can survive up to 12 hours out of the water.
We would like to thank you for being a guest at PULLMAN PHUKET PANWA BEACH RESORT, as you are contributing to the shark breeding program, and the mission to restore the population of these animals and the well-being of Phuket reefs.
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