Stingrays docile unless disturbed: Experts

Sentosa Development Corp urges public to be vigilant after two beachgoers get stung

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

Stingray sightings are a common occurrence in the waters around Singapore and the marine animals are known to be docile unless disturbed, said experts in response to reports of two recent incidents involving the creatures at Sentosa beaches.

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

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2021, with the headline 'Stingrays docile unless disturbed: Experts'. Subscribe