Water sport activities can resume in Marina Reservoir, no further sightings of suspected monitor lizard: PUB

A pathway along the coast of the Marina Reservoir.
A pathway along the coast of the Marina Reservoir.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The creature sighted in the Marina Reservoir was most likely a monitor lizard but there have been no further sightings of the creature, national water agency PUB said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 29) morning.

It added that water sport activities in the reservoir area can resume.

The Singapore Dragon Boat Association, Water Sports Centre at the Singapore Sports Hub and People's Association suspended water sport activities in the reservoir area after reports of a creature "resembling a crocodile" were received by PUB last Saturday.

The reservoir area comprises the Kallang Basin, Marina Bay and the Marina Channel.

PUB has informed the National Sports Associations and water sport operators to resume business as usual. The agency will continue to inspect and patrol the area in search of the creature.


Members of the public have been advised not to approach the animal if they encounter it. They can report sightings to PUB by calling 1800-2255-782.

PUB's tentative identification of the monitor lizard came after checks with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres) and the Singapore Zoo. The water agency also consulted the National University of Singapore when news of the sighting first broke.