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Wed 11 Jan 2006

Fri 06 Jan 2006 - Dolphins spotted off Raffles Lighthouse

Category : marine

The crew of the NUS Department of Biological Sciences boat, The Mudskipper, alerted Huang Danwei as he surfaced from a research dive on Friday, 6th January 2006, off Raffles Lighthouse at about 1pm. They had spotted a pod of dolphins, probably Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins (Sousa chinensis), and there were between 5-7 of them swimming in the sea.

The other NUS divers Karenne, Michelle, Jani and Wai were still underwater, while Danwei grabbed some video footage. It's all shaky as he was balancing himself on the boat battling strong waves. The overcast skies leave grayish tinge to the video as well. The island that appears in the foreground of the final seconds of the video is Pulau Sudong.

Danwei added - "The dolphins emerged from the southern end of the island, moving north against strong surface currents, coming up to about 40-50m from the boat. Yay!"

Raffles Lighthouse (erected in May, 1854) is also Pulau Satumu, an island located far south of Singapore.

Download the 30 second movie (AVI) file here (~17 MB) - it's a little shaky and overcast, but you can see the dolphins.

Earlier reports of Dolphin sightings:

  • "Dolphins sighted off St. John's Island." 02 Sep 2005. Photos from handphone.
  • "Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin carcass on Labrador Beach." 15 Jun 2005.
  • "Dolphin's off St. John's island." 01 Feb 2005.
  • "Dolphins off Pulau Senang." 4th January 2005.
  • "Dolphins sighting at Sisters islands." 22 Jun 2004.
  • "Dolphins sighted off St John's Islands." 12 Mar 2004. Best set of photos.
  • Posted at 4:44AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news