6 June 2024

Thailand’s Fisheries Department has defended the exhibition of a highly venomous sea snake, a yellow-lipped sea krait or banded sea krait, at the “Wonders of the Aquatic World”, being held at the Future Park & Zpell shopping mall until Sunday, following criticism of its suitability and the danger it may pose to visitors.

The department’s director-general, Taworn Thunjai, explained that the department decided to exhibit the snake to educate people, especially divers and fishermen, on how to deal with the serpent if they confront one in the sea.

To allay concerns of visitors, he said that the snake is in a glass tank and will is not allowed to be taken out, with an expert on venomous snakes stationed nearby.

The neurotoxic venom of the banded sea krait makes it among one of the most lethal creatures in oceans and is 10 times more powerful than that of a rattle snake. The venom attacks the nervous system of the victim and can result in convulsions, paralysis, cardiac failure and even death.

Also on exhibition are many tropical fish and other marine species and plants, including rare species.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Chulabhorn Foundation. The entry fee is 20 baht for adults and students and children enter free.