Hantu Blog visits Lazarus Island
On July 21, the Hantu Blog visited Lazarus Island with a team of NUS researchers to aid in the removal of a ghost line, tangled amongst Lazarus' submerged reef.
The net was first discovered a month ago when NUS marine biology researchers were doing a reef survey.
The initial gill net measured some 100m and took two visits to remove. With good organisation and instruction, researchers and volunteers cut up sections of the netting, freeing trapped animals and relieving stressed coral.
Crabs were the primary victims, though sharks had also drowned in the net.
It is likely the net was discarded by fishermen and has drifted in from the seas to finally land caught in the islands' reef.