A crocodile has been spotted at East Coast Park in Singapore. It was apparently sighted at a construction site next to the National Sailing Centre (NSC) on November 7.
The NSC has since then suspended all water activities.
Crocodile spotted in Singapore
Meanwhile, the Singapore Sailing Federation has also put up a Facebook post, “As the safety of the participants are our priority, on-water activities will be ceased until further notice.”
“Dear Parents and users of the National Sailing Centre, the Singapore Sailing Federation reassures all that the safety of participants and sailors is our number one concern and we will not hesitate to cancel any of our upcoming events deemed unsafe for on-water activities.
The current situation is being monitored by NSC, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, and National Parks Board (NParks), and efforts are being made to capture and translocate the crocodile.
There have been several crocodile sightings this year, including two in Changi Beach Park and Pasir Ris Park in August alone. Apparently it is very likely that they are estuarine crocodiles, which are known to swim freely in the waters between Singapore and Malaysia.
Many parents have expressed concerns about the sighting, especially since there is a major sailing event coming up next weekend at the NSC, involving 200 school children. It is a National Ranking event, so parents are worried about putting their kids in danger.
Crocodile spotted in Singapore: What to do
Signs and advisory notices have already been put up at the beach near the NSC, on what to do if you encounter a crocodile.
PHOTO: SCREENGRAB THE STRAITS TIMES
Crocodiles are known to be shy animals which generally stay away from people. Do note that in case you encounter a crocodile:
- Keep to the designated paths and stay away from water edges.
- If you spot one near you, stay calm and back away slowly.
- Do not approach, provoke, or feed the animal.
In case of help, call the NParks helpline on 1800-471-7300.
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(Source: The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia)