A young blacktip reef shark was found dead after it got stuck in a bag that had been floating in the ocean.
The head of the animals passed a hole in the bag, but it was then caught around the body of the doomed shark.
It is assumed that the animal died after it was unable to swim and watered its gills to receive oxygen and drown tragically.
The shark was found in the waters of the idyllic Mayan bay of Thailand on the island of Koh Phi Phi Ley, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio's 2000 film The Beach.
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The idyllic Mayan bay of Thailand on the island of Koh Phi Phi Ley was the scene and has become the newest location to demonstrate the devastating impact of plastic pollution on marine wildlife. The animal was stuck in a canvas bag that was previously used to store rice
Diving instructor Andrew Hewett found the stranded creature at weekends in the waters around Maya Bay.
The canvas bag is thought to have been used to sell rice before it was thrown away.
After he had been left in the bag, the shark could not swim and eventually drowned.
The tragedy comes just a few weeks after it has been discovered that dozens of blacktip reef sharks are swimming in the area for the first time since it was closed to the public in May.
Civilian officials are now investigating the incident and continuing their efforts to reduce the negative impact of tourism on the local population of wild animals.
Worapot Lomlim, head of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, said: & # 39; We have been informed about this. I ordered officers to investigate whether the shark was caught or that it was stuck in the bag alone.
& # 39; Many blacktip reef sharks are found in Maya Bay during the continuous closure of the area.
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The tragedy comes just a few weeks after it has been discovered that dozens of blacktip reef sharks have been swimming in the area for the first time since it was closed to the public in May (photo)
Zebiologist Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat said that Maya Bay began to recover since the beach was closed to the public earlier this year.
Last month, however, officials extended the ban and closed the beach indefinitely.
Dr Thon said: 'Sharks must be able to swim well to be able to breathe. This shark could not swim, so she drowned.
& # 39; When she went into the bag, she struggled to move on. But the bag did not fall off and slowly killed her.
Look at her eyes, you will know how curious she is, it is as if she asks why she should die. This image clearly shows how much garbage damages the sea.
The bag may be from the island, from the coast or from the land that has run away from the sea and along the river.
& # 39; Where did the bag come from? I can not answer that, but I can say that the bag killed the shark. & # 39;
Blacktip reef sharks can be 1.5 meters long and prefer shallow water and are often found in the Indian and Pacific oceans.