S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SQUID!

Originally funded by the fishing community of Cha-Am as a welcome home to returning seafarers, the twin squid statue has long been the most distinctive landmark of the city.

S.O.S. - SAVE OUR SQUID!
photo credit Cha-Am resident Paul

As guardians of the entrance to the Cha-Am fishing harbour, the statue is often visited by tourists who make the short journey to the end of the southern breakwater as a photo opportunity alongside local fishermen or to gaze back towards Cha-Am’s extensive beaches.

But up close and personal there’s a big disappointment in store.  No signs of any maintenance, exposure to the elements, plus human vandalism and using the statue for rubbish disposal has left the squids in a sorry state.  A discoloured base, broken tentacles, exposed rusting metal and even used facemasks stuffed into crevices has become the reality.

Instead of being a source of admiration from tourists and local pride by the community, Cha-Am’s squid statue is now an eyesore in need of urgent restoration.

S.O.S. - SAVE OUR SQUID!
photo credit Cha-Am resident Paul

That’s hardly the sort of image or welcome that campaigns such as ‘Cha-Am Sunshine’ would be intending to offer as Cha-Am readies to reopen to both domestic and international tourists. 

Maybe it’s time for an S.O.S. campaign to save this distinctive local landmark.

S.O.S. - SAVE OUR SQUID!
S.O.S. - SAVE OUR SQUID!