The 75-million-year-old Fossil Shell Beach (known in Thai as Susaan Hoi) in Krabi’s Noppharatthara Beach-Phi Phi Islands National Park is being inspected for damage from ongoing coastal erosion.
Park protection unit head Plianprasop Khaonuan led a team of Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) officials to inspect the two kilometre-long ancient beach in Tambon Sai Thai, Muang district yesterday.
DMR fossil conservation unit head Thanyathon Thonarat said the initial review found that layers of snail shells had been damaged by strong waves particularly during the monsoon season.
He said the agency is preparing to register the ancient beach as a national heritage site within the year, which will confer it more protection.
A source reported that the park had repeated applied for a budget to build a breakwater to protect the site but the request had not been considered yet.