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 Mothership.sg 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.

Source: Mothership.sg

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