Ebene News – GB – Brit finds ‘prehistoric’ creature with fish body and Gator head

The remains of a’ prehistoric ‘fish with the head of an alligator sparked a marine mystery after it was discovered by a British expatriate in Asia:

The creature left Singaporeans bewildered after the remains were found on the shores of MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore’s oldest reservoir

Karen Lythgoe from Scotland documented the find She said: “There were people already watching it from the promenade, but it was too far away to see what it was

“We thought it was a crocodile from that position, but it didn’t look quite right, so we got out of the way to take a closer look. It wasn’t a crocodile It was like something you might see in a zoo – it looked prehistoric with its big jaws and teeth

Imran Kassim, 27, thought it was another predatory reptile He said: “Honestly, it looked like an alligator, mostly because part of its body was missing – probably eaten by a happy lizard- monitor

“I was pretty shocked to see it as I thought it was an alligator, and this trail is supposed to be safe apart from the cheeky monkeys stealing food, and there was never a ‘huge animals over there

“It was damn strange, but it looked enough like a lizard with its jaws wide open, that I would never have guessed it was a fish”

The creature has now been identified by the city’s water agency and the National Parks Board, who said it was a gar alligator – a fish native to the southern United States , about 10,000 km

The species has been called a “living fossil” because much of its biology dates back to its earliest ancestors

As to how the creature ended up in Singapore, authorities can only assume that it was kept as a pet and released once it got too big

The statement from the city’s water agency and the National Parks Council said: “We would like to remind everyone that the release of these animals will disrupt our delicate aquatic ecosystem and may also pose a risk to them. users of our water bodies”

Releasing animals into reservoirs and waterways is punishable by a fine of up to SG $ 3,000 (£ 1,600 / $ 2,200) under Singapore law

Alligators, Alligator gar, Glasgow, Singapore

Ebene News – GB – Brit finds “prehistoric” creature with fish body and Gator head

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