Two caveats: Shark's gotta be alive and you have to prove he was the biter.
A Thai father infuriated the country’s Natural Resources and Environmental Minister over the weekend by offering a cash reward for a naughty shark that bit his young son’s foot.
Mayor Mahmadneesum Bilungload son Harafat Limapicharsakul, 12, was enjoying a wonderful afternoon by the water, splashing and playing with two friends on a pier very near the mouth of a canal that runs to the Andaman Sea. It was a warm, humid day, very common in the region, and the boys were keeping cool when a shark emerged from the deep and bit Limapicharsakul’s left foot.
The injury required a trip to the hospital and fifty stitches.
Locals suspected the aggressor to be a Bull Shark, as they frequent the brackish waters.
The boy’s father immediately hired a boat and followed what he believed would be the shark’s escape route in a bid to track it down and “give it a whooping.”
His efforts proved unsuccessful and so he offered a cash reward of 1000 Baht to anyone who captures the shark, alive, and proves it is the one who bit his young son’s foot.
Maybe a tall order.
Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environmental Minister Varawut Silpaarcha found the bounty to be in bad taste and released a statement. “Don’t offer a bounty for a shark or support the hunt for a reward.”
Local marine scientist Thon Thamrongnawasawat added, “The shark might have thought the foot was prey. But it swam away after realising its mistake.”
Well, even if it did realize its mistake it is likely too little too late. Mayor Bilungload is a man of action.
Are you in a shark hunting mood?
A little trip to Thailand that could end up being subsidized?
It sounds like a job for the Salty Crew.