July 18, 2007
Ria Tan said:
This lone older guy was already on the shore for some time. We approached him and he had a bag full of stuff in one hand, and in the other, a large Bailer snail shell! Melo melo is listed among the threatened animals of Singapore. We have never seen a living Bailer snail besides at Beting Bronok. He allowed us to take a photo of it. We asked and he said he was going to eat it. We explained it was rare and asked him to leave it behind, but he just walked away. He wouldn't show us what else he had in his bag.
Recommended by hai_ren: "Too few people are aware of the rich diversity of life that still survive on Singapore's seashores. Many of those who do choose to exploit it, finding more pleasure in seeing our natural heritage in the cooking pot rather than out in the wild. How much more damage must be done before we care enough to protect our last remaining natural coasts?"