10 Nov '17, 4pm

Nature groups, experts weigh in on recent crocodile sightings

SINGAPORE: Crocodile sightings in areas like East Coast Park are an unusual occurrence, say nature groups and experts Channel NewsAsia spoke to. But a loss of their natural habitat or small changes in the ecosystem could be some of the possible reasons for the recent increase in crocodile sightings around Singapore beaches. On Wednesday (Nov 9), a crocodile was spotted at East Coast Park , prompting the National Sailing Centre to cease all water activities. Crocodiles were also sighted earlier in the year, with reports on Changi Beach and Pasir Ris Park in August alone. Nature groups and wildlife experts say that crocodiles do exist as part of the natural ecosystem in Singapore. But the numbers are small and sightings outside of their natural habitats are rare. Wildlife consultant Subaraj Rajathurai pointed out that crocodiles have always been around in Singapore, but were...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nature-grou...

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