It was reported that there was a huge gash on its back, possibly due to a slash from a ship's propeller.
Whales are endangered, and it cannot be ruled out that more whales will take this route through Singapore's seas.
Perhaps crews on board ships could be advised to be on the lookout for whales and to try to avoid them where possible.
The authorities should also initiate a comprehensive survey of such creatures in the seas surrounding our offshore islands, and tag any whale found with a global positioning satellite device to track its movements.
There are movements around the world to save whales. Singapore could be part of the effort too, as we strive to have an impact on global issues.
It will also be a good start to helping our people understand why it is important to preserve our marine biodiversity.
Lee Kay Yan (Miss)