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Water sports activities in Marina Reservoir suspended after ‘crocodile’ sighting

SINGAPORE — Water sports activities in Marina Reservoir have been suspended after a “creature resembling a crocodile” was sighted near the Sports Hub.

Water sports activities in Marina Reservoir suspended after ‘crocodile’ sighting

The "crocodile" was sighted in the Marina Reservoir near the Sports Hub. Bloomberg file photo

SINGAPORE — Water sports activities in Marina Reservoir have been suspended after a “creature resembling a crocodile” was sighted near the Sports Hub.

National water agency PUB said it first received reports of the creature’s sighting on Saturday morning (Nov 26). The agency added that it is now investigating and patrolling the waters to search for the creature.

“We are in close contact with Sportshub and requested them to alert us if it is spotted again,” said a spokesperson in a statement on Sunday.

“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.”

Among the groups that have suspended activities include the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA). In a Facebook post, the SDBA said it would be extending the cease order on all dragon boat activities in Marina Reservoir “indefinitely and until further notice”.

Other organisations that have suspended activities this weekend include the Sports Hub and People’s Association.

The PUB warned members of the public not to go near the creature if they spot it. The public can report sightings with photos/videos and its location by calling PUB at 1800-2255-782.

The PUB added that people to continue activities in the area “should exercise caution and not to immerse in the waters”.

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