Princess Carplet (Amblypharyngodon chulabhornae)
Kranji Marshes, 29th June 2017

Zebra Spiny Eel (Macrognathus zebrinus)
Kranji Marshes, 3rd February 2016

Wild Crocodile dies from injuries after accident along Kranji Way

6th July 2017;

A wild Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) has died from its injuries after being involved in an accident along Kranji Way on Wednesday (July 5) evening.

The reptile, said to be 1.5m long, was hit by a car at around 10pm near the Kranji Dam, Shin Min Daily News reported.

Its right hind leg was reportedly injured.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) spokesman said the Crocodile died on Thursday morning.

AVA is aware of the Crocodile incident, and understands that it was a wild crocodile,“ the spokesman added.

"AVA advises the public not to approach, disturb, feed or try to catch any wildlife, including Crocodiles. Members of the public can contact AVA at 1800-476-1600 to provide feedback.”

According to Shin Min, a member of the public alerted the police after coming across the injured Crocodile.

Police officers arrived on scene and cordoned off the area. It is not known how the Crocodile ended up on the road.

A staff member from a nearby Crocodile farm offered to tend to the reptile. With the help of a few colleagues, they took it back to the farm for treatment.

Wildlife rescue group Acres told The Straits Times it was alerted to the incident, but did not respond to it as it was told the situation was under control.

Acres’ deputy chief executive, Mr Kalai Vanan Balakrishnan, said it is rare for wild Crocodiles to encroach onto urban areas as they are usually very shy.

There have been Crocodile sightings in the Kranji Way area, however, because of its proximity to Sungei Buloh nature reserve.

In November last year, a 2.5m-long Estuarine Crocodile wandered into a Lim Chu Kang fish and had to be rescued after being found wedged between a fence, some wood and machinery.

It did not suffer any injuries and was released into Sungei Buloh nature reserve.

Source: The Straits Times

Wild Crocodile dies from injuries after accident along Kranji Way

  1. I went to Lim Chu Kang Jetty at about 10pm at high tide and there were some dead fishes clustered at the jetty.
  2. More of the dead fishes at Lim Chu Kang Jetty.
  3. Some look like Milkfish, others look like sea bass?
  4. At around 10.30am today, a concerned nature lover shared sightings of what looked like hundreds of dead fishes floating in Sungei Buloh Besar river with the outgoing tide.
  5. Photo of hundreds of dead fishes taken from Platform 1 at Sungei Buloh facing the fish farms nearby, shared by a concerned nature lover.
  6. Most of the dead fishes documented by the concerned nature lover looked like this and were about the same size.
  7. By the time I got to Sungei Buloh at around 3pm, the tide had already fallen and most of the floating dead fishes washed out of the river. There were some dead fishes stranded on the shore from the mid to low water mark.
  8. I checked out new Sungei Buloh extension (Kranji Nature Trail) and there were some dead fishes scattered along the route.
  9. Most of the dead fishes looked like this and were about the same size.
  10. At around 10.30pm, I stopped by Kranji Dam and also saw a few dead fishes there.

I saw some dead fishes at Lim Chu Kang Jetty tonight.

Earlier this morning at around 10.30am today, a concerned nature lover shared sightings of what looked like hundreds of dead fishes floating into Sungei Buloh Besar with the incoming tide.

I only managed to get there around 3pm and the tide had already gone down. So I saw only some dead fishes at Sungei Buloh Besar as well as the Kranji extension.

Most of the dead fishes were about the same size and look like the Milkfish (Chanos chanos) farmed by the largest fish farm in that area.

Most of the wild fishes seemed alright although there were some Archerfishes (Toxotes sp.) gasping at the water surface at the Main Bridge.

I will check the entire shore again tomorrow.

You CAN make a difference: Dead Fish Alert!

Please help me monitor dead fishes washing up on the Johor Straits. Please let me know if you see large numbers (more than 10) especially of large dead fishes (more than 20cm long) washing up on the northern shores such as Pulau Ubin, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh, Kranji, Woodlands Waterfront, Sembawang, Punggol, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris, Changi.

There are too many shores for me to personally check, so I really appreciate any info or photos that you can share. Thank you!

Source: Ria Tan Facebook

Besides Milkfishes, one of the dead fishes photographed at Sungei Buloh is a Grey Mullet (F. Mugilidae), likely a Flathead Grey Mullet (Mugil cephalus), which is also raised by the fish farms off the coast.

Eartheater Cichlid (Geophagus altifrons)
Kranji Reservoir, 28th March 2016

Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Kranji, 28th January 2015

This carcass of a Smooth-coated Otter was found by Bari Mohamed, and subsequently sent to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. It’s not known what could have caused its death, but given that an Otter had allegedly been seen limping across the road in front of several vehicles a day before this carcass was found, and that the carcass was found along a road, it’s possible that it had been hit by a vehicle and died from internal injuries.

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Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus)
Kranji Dam, 24th February 2015

This Domestic Cat carcass was found by Riane Brittany Francisco and Sarah Marie Pascoe. It had clearly been out in the open for some time.

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Photograph by Jasond Ong

New record of Brick Seamoth (Pegasus laternarius) in Singapore

Location, date and time: Singapore Island along the Johor Strait, fish farm along Neo Tiew Crescent; 26 September 2015; around 1000 hrs.

Observation: An example of about 6 cm standard length (tip of snout to tail base) was found dead in a water catchment pond. Its dorsal aspect is shown in the attached picture.

Remarks: The specimen, presently deposited in the Zoological Reference Collection of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore (ZRC 54714), is believed to have been brought in by seawater pumped up from the Johor Strait outside the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. This species is readily distinguished from the locally uncommon Slender Seamoth (Pegasus volitans) in having a broader body and a much shorter rostrum. It is distributed in the eastern Indian Ocean and the western Pacific from Malaysia to Japan, and usually occurs on mud bottoms at depths of between 27 and 100 m (Allen & Erdmann, 2012: 179; Kuiter, 2009: 317). This appears to be the first record of Brick Seamoth from Singapore waters (Fowler, 1938; Herre & Myers, 1937).

References:

  • Allen, G. R. & M. V. Erdmann, 2012. Reef Fishes of the East Indies. Volume I. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. xiii + 424 pp.
  • Fowler, H. W., 1938. A list of the fishes known from Malaya. Fisheries Bulletin. 1: 1-268.
  • Herre, A. W. C. T. & G. S. Myers, 1937. A contribution to the ichthyology of the Malay Peninsula. Bulletin of the Raffles Museum, Singapore. 13: 5-75.
  • Kuiter, R. H., 2009. Seahorses and their relatives. Aquatic Photographics, Seaford, Australia. 334 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 150

Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
Neo Tiew Crescent, 20th January 2015

This Cinnamon Bittern had most probably been hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Kranji, 18th May 2015

This White-breasted Waterhen was most likely hit by a passing vehicle.