River Safari is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, and is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks. Occupying 12 hectares and developed at S$160 million, the park is home to over 150 plant species and 5,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals.
The giant freshwater stingray, believed to be the largest and heaviest freshwater fish in the world, moved into Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today. Known for its venomous barb and mighty ability to pull boats down the Mekong River, this gargantuan species can weigh up to 600 kilogrammes and grow up to 5 metres in length.
It’s been said that first impressions are lasting impressions. Many of you have had your first impression of fishing as a slight nibble, maybe your bobber went under momentarily, or your rod tip twitched. That probably left you with a pleasant, low-key impression of the activity. Something you’d want to do again.
Imagine then what your impression would be if that first bite caused the water at your feet to explode into white foam, while your reel screamed as all the line was stripped from it. Think about the sinking feeling as your reel exploded and the rod broke off six inches from the tip. Imagine the resounding crack as your line snapped and the fish was gone. That was my first encounter with a jack crevalle. I was just a kid, but I remember it vividly, and yes, I want to do it again.
Bradley M. Wetherbee, who studies shark behavior and ecology at the University of Rhode Island, told National Geographic that the shark in the video is a sandbar shark. “It’s a species that cannot be retained, so at least he let it go,” said Wetherbee.
“Not the ideal treatment for a shark, but he got a lot of attention and that was probably the whole point.”
Wetherbee added, “One could certainly let the shark go in a less dramatic fashion, but in the end the shark is hopefully out there swimming around rather than dead and cut up.”
Wetherbee said shore fishing for sharks is common along the East Coast, where protected species like sandbar and sand tiger sharks get caught, photographed, and then released, which is not against the law. (Killing them is prohibited.)
Wetherbee said his research group is conducting a study on the fate of sand tiger sharks caught and released in Delaware.
When Elliot Sudal goes to the beach, he doesn’t just lay out in the sun. He wrestles sharks.
On July 14, Sudal spent 45 minutes writhing in the Nantucket surf with a seven-foot (two-meter) sandbar shark.
Eventually, he got the animal to shore, then released it a few moments later. The encounter was recorded by his companions and posted online, where it has gone viral. A number of shark advocates have expressed concern about potential injury to the animal.
“I pull them on shore, I photograph them, and then I let them go, I’m pretty conservation minded, I’m not trying to eat them or hurt them,” Sudal told National Geographic.
Hundreds of fish are dying here because the low water levels are killing the aquatic vegetation, and that combined with the heat is lowering oxygen levels.
More than 600 fish have died during the past few days, said Division of Wildlife Resources biologist Alan Ward. Water typically flows through a connector tunnel system called the Ladders section of Strawberry Reservoir, but Ward said that due to the low water levels and heat, the water flow isn’t very strong.
“As long as we have really hot temperatures, 90s and 100s, it’s going to be more of a pronounced effect,” Ward said. “We’re going to see more of it happen.”