04 March 2015

Fishes dying at Sungei Buloh?

I smelt dead fish even from the carpark of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension this afternoon. I headed out to the coastal boardwalk near the Kranji sluice gate where the smell was strongest but couldn't find many large fishes.
Shortly after I got home, someone shared a sighting of more dead fishes today at this location too.



There was a scattering of small to tiny fishes near the Visitor Centre.
I walked to Eagle Point and saw these dead fishes about 15cm long.
Here's a closer look at one of the fishes. I'm not sure if it is a wild or farmed fish.
Someone who wishes to remain anonymous reported that today, "in a radius of about 20m next to entrance of coastal boardwalk at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension to Eagle Point, there were about 5 dead eels, a dozen of small fishes and about 5 dying worms." These look like wild eels.
 The crabs turned to be moults.
Apparently, dead fishes have been seen  here since Sunday (1 Mar). Sg Beachbum shared on facebook: "There have been quite a few small (about 3 to 4cm) dead fish around the Kranji Nature Trail/Eagle Point stretch. Pic taken from Sunday (1 Mar)."
Photo by Sg Beachbum. on facebook.
 I also checked out Lim Chu Kang Jetty today and didn't see any dead fishes there, wild or farmed.
The skip tank and bin seemed newly laid down and there was no smell of dead fish coming from them.
Last year, there were several incidents of mass fish deaths that affected Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and washed up at the Lim Chu Kang Jetty. I hope this won't happen again so soon after.

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