Water sport activities in Marina Reservoir suspended after 'crocodile' sighting: 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 - Water sport activities in Marina Reservoir have been suspended following sightings of a creature "resembling a crocodile" in the reservoir waters near the Singapore Sports Hub.

A spokesman for national water agency PUB said it received reports of the sightings on Saturday morning (Nov 26), and is investigating and patrolling the waters to search for the creature.

"We are in close contact with Sports Hub and requested them to alert us if it is spotted again," she said.

"We have also contacted researchers from the National University of Singapore to identify the creature. Preliminary findings indicate that it is likely to be a monitor lizard."

As a precaution, PUB has advised the National Sports Associations and water sports operators to suspend water sport activities in the reservoir area, which comprises the Kallang Basin, Marina Bay and the Marina Channel.

The reservoir is popular for water activities such as canoeing, kayaking and dragon boating.

The Singapore Dragon Boat Association, Water Sports Centre at the Singapore Sports Hub and People's Association will be suspending such activities this weekend.

The PUB spokesman added: "For those who decide to continue, they should exercise caution and not immerse in the waters. If they spot the creature, they should not go near it."

The PUB has urged the public to report any sightings of the creature with photos and videos as well as its location by calling PUB at 1800-2255-782.