Mass Marine Mortality at Pasir Ris
By Sean Yap, 28th February 2015;
For the past few years around this time of the year there have been occurrences of mass fish deaths on our northern shores. This year is no exception. Ria was here earlier as well, and has done a comprehensive blog post about the situation. I’m just posting photos of cool dead things. I know I don’t sound sad but I am, kay 😦
So Chinse New Year is over, and the food guilt finally set in so I decided to try and run to work some of the sin off. As soon as I hit the path however, my nose was immediately assaulted by a foul stench. I had seen some of my friends posting about fish deaths on Facebook, so I decided to go see for myself what the situation was like (totally not an excuse).
The first stop was a breakwater, and LO AND BEHOLD, I was greeted with a friggin mass grave.
Thousands of dead fishes at Pasir Ris
By Ria Tan, 28th February 2015;
Thousand of dead fishes washed up at Pasir Ris beach today. Sean Yap also shared photos of dead fishes found on the same stretch of western Pasir Ris that I surveyed.
What is causing this mass fish death? Is it harmful to humans?
There was a line of dead fishes along the area I surveyed. Some had a thinner line.
In the part of the shore outside Pasir Ris Park proper, there was a bigger build up of dead fishes. But even here, the cleaners were trying hard to clear up the fishes. I also met Dixon who was cycling in the area and went down to the shore. I asked for his help to go down the entire length of Pasir Ris Park to see how widespread the dead fishes are. Thank you Dixon!
Some tentative identifications:
Left: Estuarine Moray Eel (Gymnothorax tile), with Striped Eeltail Catfishes (Plotosus lineatus), Kops’ Glass Perchlets (Ambassis kopsii) and Telkara Glass Perchlets (Ambassis vachellii), and possibly a Threespot Damselfish (Pomacentrus tripunctatus).
Right (Top): Cuttlefish (Sepia sp.) with Telkara Glass Perchlets.
Right (Centre): Spotted-tail Frogfish (Lophiocharon trisignatus).
Right (Bottom): Spotted Green Puffer (Tetraodon nigroviridis).
If you guessed dead fish, you’re right! Tried going for a run today, and got sidetracked as usual, this time by the stench coming from the beach. Some friends have been posting about the recent mass fish deaths at Pasir Ris, but I hadn’t seen it myself so decided to take a look. It really is pretty bad.
So we were on our way to Kemaman on Feb 13 when She Yong suddenly spots something black and white by the East Coast Highway. No, it wasn’t a Panda, but instead it was Malaysia’s very own Tapir. This unfortunate Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus) was involved in a roadkill. According to the Terengganu Wildlife Department, fencing along the highway is vandalised in many places, hence enabling the Tapir to access the road.
If you ever encounter something similar, do you know you can contact the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) hotline? -1800 88 5151- OR, contact the MYCAT Wildlife Crime Hotline. – 019 356 4194- They will inform the relevant authorities. You can also call them to voice your concerns should you suspect something is amiss (e.g. ppl selling rare animals). But please note down important details such as location, time etc and take pictures, if possible.