Jerome Pang took photos of the trapped animals, while Dr Chris Klok and Jerome Yong released the fishes. The net was about 25m long and was laid parallel to the shore at the low water mark, weighted at both ends. The net was exposed at minimum tide of about 0.1m.
|Stargazer (Family Uranoscopidae), possibly edible.|
About 30cm long. It was still alive and released unharmed.
|Oriental sole (Brachirus orientalis), edible.|
About 25cm long. It was still alive and released unharmed.
|Possibly Commerson's sole (Synaptura commersonnii), edible.|
About 30cm long. It was dead.
|Mullet (Family Mugilidae), edible.|
About 30cm long. It was dying.
|Another Oriental sole (Brachirus orientalis), edible.|
About 25cm long, edible. It was still alive and released unharmed.
|Flathead (Family Platycephalidae), possibly edible.|
About 35cm long. It was dead.
|Mangrove whipray (Himantura walga), edible.|
Disk diameter about 25cm. It was alive and released unharmed.
Where the net was laid, we noticed furrows in the seagrasses that might have been made by dugongs. Dugongs are air-breathing mammals and will drown if they are trapped underwater in a net.
Project Driftnet, we can better understand the issues and impact of driftnets laid on our shore.
More photos by Jerome Pang on facebook, of the driftnet, the animals caught in it and the man who took it away.
Here's more about the rich marine life we saw on this shore.