Researchers make rare discovery at fishery port here

Above: Ms Kathy Xu and Ms Naomi Clark-Shen (second and third from left, respectively) at the Senoko Fishery Port in February, with research assistants Rajkumar Sandrasegeran and Esther Lee. Their study looks at landings and imports of sharks and rays
Above: Ms Kathy Xu and Ms Naomi Clark-Shen (second and third from left, respectively) at the Senoko Fishery Port in February, with research assistants Rajkumar Sandrasegeran and Esther Lee. Their study looks at landings and imports of sharks and rays at fishery ports in Singapore. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The find pulls back the clown wedgefish from being listed as 'possibly extinct' in the wild

During a trip to the Jurong Fishery Port in May, marine scientist Naomi Clark-Shen and shark activist Kathy Xu spotted a fish for sale so rare, it was on the verge of being classified extinct.

Based on the ray's distinct colour pattern, they believed it was the clown wedgefish (Rhynchobatus cooki). They took measurements, photographs and tissue samples from its pectoral fin for further analysis, and later confirmed their find.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2019, with the headline 'Researchers make rare discovery at fishery port here'. Print Edition | Subscribe