Dead turtle found trapped in fishing nets along East Coast Park

By Tanya Ong, 1st June 2018;

A turtle was found dead and trapped in fishing nets along East Coast Park.

Trapped in fishing nets

It was discovered by wildlife lover Sidi Baker on May 21 at about 4pm.

He noticed the large net in the sea and realised there was a dead turtle trapped inside when he removed the net from the water.

He took to Facebook to share several photos of the turtle, hoping to “create awareness on what’s going in and at our waters and beaches”.

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This is his full post.

Wildlife harmed

Baker told that he helps to remove nets or rubbish at the beach as “it might harm sea creatures.”

He also throws away unwanted hooks and lines.

In Singapore, where animal and human habitats overlap, there have been multiple instances of wildlife being hurt as a result of human activity.

Previously, an otter at Pasir Ris Park was found with a rubber ring around it, and a monitor lizard was seen entangled in a plastic bag along the Singapore River.


Moult of Mottled Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus albolineatus)
Marina South, 14th October 2017

Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus sp.) (?)
Tanah Merah, 10th April 2016

A bag of fish parts was found on the beach. Further inspection revealed that the contents comprised various parts of Spanish Mackerel. Whether these pieces of fish were purchased at the market, or came from a fish caught in Singapore waters is unknown. It’s also not known why these were dumped on the shore, although there is a possibility that these were intended as bait for some other marine creature.

Four species of Spanish Mackerel have been documented in the waters around Singapore and Malaysia, and these remains may represent any of these species:

Indo-Pacific King Mackerel (Scomberomorus guttatus)

Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson)

Korean Seerfish (Scomberomorus koreanus)

Streaked Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus lineolatus)

Another possible candidate is the Double-lined Mackerel (Grammatorcynus bilineatus):

Lumpy Rock Crab (Euxanthus exsculptus)
Tanjung Rimau, 24th July 2016

As we walked back to weigh the trash collected, we find a decaying Sea Turtle on the beach.

Second time seeing a dead Sea Turtle for me. I still haven’t seen one alive in the wild yet.

Source: Sankar Ananthanarayanan Instagram

Carcass of a headless marine turtle on Tanah Merah Beach 7, 25th International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

Source: N. Sivasothi Instagram

This carcass is likely to be that of a Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata.

Oval Moon Snail (Polinices mammilla)
Tanjung Rimau, Sentosa, 24th July 2016

Slender Sharksucker (Echeneis naucrates)
Bedok Jetty, East Coast Park, 11th July 2016

These photos of a dried Slender Sharksucker were shared by Sabrina Tang. It had presumably been caught by an angler, then discarded and left to die on the jetty.

Find out how you can contribute to Monday Morgue too.

Spider Conch (Lambis lambis)
Tanjung Rimau, Sentosa, 24th July 2016

The Dolphin carcass being removed by Ramky Cleantech Services workers yesterday. The workers poured disinfectant over the carcass and the surrounding area. They then wrapped it in trash bags and canvas sheets, before lifting it up with a large canvas bag to a lorry which took it to the company’s Loyang office.
Photo: Ng Huiwen

Museum set to examine Dolphin carcass
Lee Kong Chian museum to decide whether to salvage it ‘for science’ after scrutiny by its researchers
By Ng Huiwen, 8th July 2016;

The fate of the Dolphin carcass that washed ashore at East Coast Park on Wednesday remains unclear as of yesterday, as a local museum looks into whether it is suitable for preservation.

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum said it hopes to “salvage the specimen for science”, though its researchers will have to examine the carcass further before making a decision.

“It is likely that the Dolphin’s skeleton can be processed, but we don’t know for sure yet,” said the museum’s curator of mammals and birds, Mr Marcus Chua.

He has identified the carcass as belonging to an Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin (Sousa chinensis), also known as the Pink Dolphin. It is the most commonly sighted dolphin species in Singapore waters.

Sales manager Nigel Lim, 36, was cycling with his wife and two children, aged two and four, at about 11am on Wednesday when he discovered the dead Dolphin on the beach next to Big Splash.

“I happened to park my bicycle by the side and walked to see the beach and boats. It looked like a big floating buoy but upon closer look, it was a carcass,” said Mr Lim, who posted a picture of it on Facebook, before a friend alerted the authorities.

When The Straits Times visited the area yesterday morning, flies were seen swarming around the punctured abdomen of the carcass. It appeared to be badly decomposed, with a portion of its tail skeleton exposed.

A dead Dolphin of the same species was found at East Coast Park by beach-goers in July 2014. The carcass was retrieved and handed over to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, though it is unclear if it was preserved.

At East Coast Park yesterday, workers were seen removing the carcass from the beach to a lorry just before noon, about 25 hours after it was first discovered.

Earlier at about 9.45am, a three-member team from the National Parks Board had cordoned off the area around the carcass. They left soon after.

Later, the carcass was removed by workers from Ramky Cleantech Services. Donning face masks and gloves, they were seen pouring disinfectant over the carcass and the surrounding area. They then wrapped it in trash bags and canvas sheets, before lifting it up with a large canvas bag to a lorry.

Ramky site manager Jenny Khng, who oversaw the operation, said the carcass was taken to its Loyang office, as they awaited further instructions from the authorities.

The Straits Times understands that the museum has since taken over the 2m-long carcass, but the museum’s Mr Chua declined to reveal its current location.

Mr Lim, the man who had stumbled upon the carcass, hopes the museum will be able to keep and eventually display the Dolphin specimen. “Then I’ll have more reasons to take my kids there to see it.”

Source: The Straits Times

The skeleton of the Dolphin carcass found in 2014 is currently on display outside the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Public Gallery, next to the Gift Shop.