People dig up sea creatures at Changi Beach on Chinese New Year
Let’s continue to protect marine life.
Most people in Singapore love to spend on beaches the day before the Christmas New Year celebration to relax, enjoy the beach and spend time with family. It was like a traditional celebration adapted from one generation to the next.
Changi Beach is one of the famous beaches in Singapore, and she thought that families wanted to spend some time together. She walks into the intertidal and unfortunately, Man Jing Kong “MJ,” noticed something unusual. Some individuals were not there to relax and take a dip into the beach, but to dig up sea creatures to bring them into their home. Children and even the adults were holding pails, thongs, and shovels.
MJ was alarmed at the sight and encouraged families to return the sea creatures and explained to them that the animals they have cannot survive in their homes and will eventually die. Thankfully, some people returned sea creatures to the beach, but some were to no avail and ignored MJ.
MJ was concerned about what was going on on the beach, as she is a co-founder of a science channel named “Just Thinking” and an environmental advocate. She decided to take action by encouraging each family that isn't foraging. She also hope that people wouldn’t collect sea creatures for entertainment purposes.
Her comrade decided to record a video and some photos they uploaded later on their Facebook channel. She also clarified that they did not stop individuals from foraging.
According to their Facebook page author, they say, “We did not stop foragers from collecting for food. In fact, we make efforts to speak to them, to understand what dish they are cooking, how it tastes like, how often they do it. Foraging is a tradition that we respect and learn a lot from.”
Due to this event, many volunteered to the Nparks to help patrol in Changi Beach on the next day, February 2. The Nparks explained that there were individuals patrolled in the area and never expected the instant surge in the area. They also said they would apply more effort to educate the people about marine life, increase patrols and put signages.