Take steps to protect whales in our waters

A dead sperm whale found near Jurong Island on July 10. It had a gash on its back, possibly from a ship's propeller.
A dead sperm whale found near Jurong Island on July 10. It had a gash on its back, possibly from a ship's propeller.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

I read with interest the reports of a dead whale found in Singapore waters ("Dead sperm whale found off Jurong Island"; July 11, and "Whale skeleton to be kept at NUS museum"; July 15).

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)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'Take steps to protect whales in our waters'. Print Edition | Subscribe