A member of the public very kindly sent me this photo of a dead Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus). He found 4 dead ones about 30 metres apart in the lagoon at Pulau Hantu. They are juveniles as they were shorter than an adult person’s arm. Given their proximity to each other and the unlikely scenario that they were stranded when the tide receded, I suspect they were caught in drift nets laid by fisherman. This has been a constant problem in Singapore as fisherman tend to lay their nets indiscriminately in the lagoon areas of our Southern Islands. Pulau Semakau is also a favourite of fishermen and due to the indiscriminate nature of drift nets, many marine life which are of no interest to the fishermen also get caught, such as sharks, turtles, horseshoe crabs (F. Limulidae), reef fish, Blue-spotted Fantail Rays (Taeniura lymma) and so on.

Source: Singapore Reef Watch Facebook, via Rick Tan

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