Otters of Singapore
I've decided to purchase 2 basic bicycles online so that my loved ones and myself can explore the waterways of Punggol whenever we want to. The town council had already started building the 2 tier-ed bicycle racks, so it's great as I park them together in a designated place.
It started raining at 6am. The rain didn't stop till 7.15am. When the rain did stopped, we changed and left house to collect the bicycles and start our adventure. I've wrote to Otterwatch Singapore once to enquire if they conduct tours to see the otters as I believe they are the specialists for finding them. They were nice and advised me to try Sengkang riverside park, Lorong Halus, and Coney island from 7am-9am.
Alright. So the rained stopped. We could see the sun rising as we rode. The sky was clear blueish, the grounds filled with small puddles of water and fallen leaves, with birds were chirping enthusiastically on the trees. It was not long before SB spotted a moving animal in the waters. When I zoomed in with my lens, I saw a monitor lizard. We saw a monitor lizard swim. That was new. And we thought we were so lucky to see the otters without much effort.
We rode on Lorong Halus bridge. I stopped to look at beautify sky and calm waters and joined SB later. When we were together, we saw two moving animals just under the bridge, then it dived into the water. When they re-surfaced, we both said, 'Otters!'.
It's nice to know that the otters are coming back these years due to the clean waters and supply of food in Singapore waters. To see them with our naked eye was a treat. They were looking for food (looked like playing) and were amusing to watch. Their breathing can be be heard from the bridge, so can the crunching sound that was made when they were feeding on the fishes. We enjoyed looking at them for 20-30mins. I knew there were reported sightings of them in Punggol, and today, we saw them, swimming freely in Punggol Serangoon Reservoir, 10mins bicycle ride away.