10 February 2017

Changi Creek one month after oil spill, with otter!

One month after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, signs of the oil spill remains at Changi Creek near the Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Oil stains on Changi Creek seawalls
There is some improvement compared to our last oil spill impact survey in Jan 2017, about two weeks after the oil spill. Although the band of oil stain is still clearly visible, I couldn't smell the oil from above the seawall. And we saw an otter!

The boom across the small drain is still there. And a closer look at the oil stains on the walls.
Oil stains on Changi Creek seawalls and boom
The abandoned boom towards Changi Creek mangroves is still there.
Oil boom still at Changi Creek
There are a few mangrove trees growing here and the oil stains on them are still there. Surprisingly, the saplings nearby are still there and looking alright.
Oil stains on Changi Creek seawalls
From the Changi Creek footbridge, I didn't see any sheen on the water.
Changi Creek
There were people cast netting in the Creek as usual.
Cast netting at Changi Creek
Debby noticed the heron near the fisherman. Patiently waiting for discarded fish?
Cast netting at Changi Creek
As we began the survey, one otter popped up in the middle of the Creek and hunted along the length. Nick said he saw many otters in the Creek about an hour later.
Smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
There are lovely mangroves upstream of Changi Creek and this is probably where the otters also hunt and live. We check those mangroves too.

Today, Debby Ng of the Hantu Bloggers and I surveyed these Changi shores for oil spill impact
See also Debby's post on the Hantu Blog.

Posts about the Jan 2017 Johor Strait oil spill



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