2 stung in Sentosa: Stingrays common around S'pore but docile unless disturbed, say experts

People should be more mindful when stepping into the water and avoid going too close to where stingrays may be hiding.
People should be more mindful when stepping into the water and avoid going too close to where stingrays may be hiding.PHOTO: UNSPLASH
Stingrays, which use their barbed stings for defensive purposes, are commonly found in Singapore's shallow coastal waters and can be difficult to spot when buried under sediment. PHOTO: ST READER
Stingrays, which use their barbed stings for defensive purposes, are commonly found in Singapore's shallow coastal waters and can be difficult to spot when buried under sediment. PHOTO: ST READER

SINGAPORE - Stingray sightings are a common occurrence in the waters around Singapore and they are known to be docile unless disturbed, said experts who were responding to reports of two recent incidents involving the creatures off Sentosa beaches.

A Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) spokesman on Monday (April 5) confirmed with The Straits Times that its beach patrol officers responded with first-aid assistance to two beachgoers who reported marine stings on March 28.

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