Here's a video clip of the dead fishes on the shores near Lim Chu Kang Jetty this morning.
|Fish A: Spotted sicklefish, wild.|
|Fiah B: Pufferfish, wild.|
|Fish E: Eel-tail catfish, wild. It was huge!|
There is a great deal of trash on at the mangroves next to Lim Chu Kang Jetty.
this old post.
Kranji Reservoir Park
At Kranji Reservoir Park, the tide had left behind fishes high on the rock wall, as well as fishes on shore below the rock wall.
I headed out the mudflats which are exposed at low tide. On the other side of the Johor Strait is Johor Baru.
Gracilaria?) and Sea lettuce seaweed (Ulva sp.).
Nest mussels? These animals are rather seasonal and can cover vast areas and then disappear. Once again, I don't know this shore well enough to know whether this means something.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
I made a brief stop at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension. There were some Tamban on the high tide line.
Estuarine moray eel. I saw about 10 of these dead today, from Lim Chu Kang to Kranji. So sad to see these wild fishes dead.
Orange signaller crabs, and many tiny holes in the mud which suggests there are living animals down there.
Giant mudskippers happily skipping around. And on the mud, trails of living Rodong snails. In the water, there was also a pair of horseshoe crabs moving around with the male on top of the female.
Oriental pied hornbill. Thanks to Lim Yaohui for pointing it out to me.
Estuarine crocodile, swimming happily in the very clear water.
Halfbeak and I didn't see any Archerfishes.
Green mussels stuck to the gate walls.
Lim Yaohui takes far better photos and here's those he took today and shared on facebook.
Here's the places I checked today.
Are fish farmers at Lim Chu Kang affected?
There are about 60 AVA-licenced fish farms off Lim Chu Kang Jetty. According to a media report one fish farmer said his baby mullets were worst hit. "It happened within minutes," he said. "My fish were jumping and jumping in the water. I don't know why."
Are the mass fish deaths in the northwest coming to an end?
I hope and wish so. But alas. Today, I sense there were about the same number of 'freshly' dead fishes as I saw yesterday. More importantly, we are approaching neap tides in 3-4 days' time. During neap tide, there is little water exchange. This is when conditions can become favourable for situations that result in mass fish deaths.
You CAN make a difference: Dead Fish Alert!
Please help me monitor dead fishes washing up on the Johor Straits. Please let me know if you see large numbers (more than 10) especially of large dead fishes (more than 20cm long) washing up on the northern shores such as Pulau Ubin, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh, Kranji, Woodlands Waterfront, Sembawang, Punggol, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris, Changi.
There are too many shores for me to personally check, so I really appreciate any info or photos that you can share.
Thanks to the many people who have shared sightings. Please keep them coming!
See also this post I did following the April 2014 mass fish death in the same area: What the fish? Figuring out dead fishes at Sungei Buloh