PHUKET: Swirling among flecks of polystyrene in the brown water of the small net enclosure at a floating restaurant off Cape Panwa is a leopard shark. Outside of a quick visit to the Phuket Aquarium, this is the easiest leopard shark to spot in Phuket, unless a piece of one inadvertently ends up on your plate.

However, seeing a leopard shark pacing the perimeter of a small enclosure diminishes the majesty of these marine marvels.

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