Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins spotted having a swim at Pulau Semakau

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Stomper Wee Teck came across a pod of dolphins at Pulau Semakau at around 2pm last Saturday (June 16).

Wee Teck said that he and his friends were fishing on a yacht when one of them saw a dolphin jumping out of the water.

The group then drove their yacht closer and saw that there was actually "a family of dolphins swimming and flipping around".

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However, Wee Teck was particularly "excited" about the pink-coloured dolphin.

He told Stomp: "There were about six to seven dolphins, and only one of them was pinkish.

"I have been there many times already, but this is the first time I saw dolphins [at Pulau Semakau].

"I have also seen dolphins a few times before, those dark grey ones. But this is my first time seeing a pink dolphin so I felt excited."

Wee Teck said that they tried getting closer to the dolphins but failed.

"When we were about 10 metres away from the dolphins, they swam away," he said.

Chairman of the Nature Society (Singapore)'s Marine Conservation Group Stephen Beng said that the dolphins are Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, or pink dolphins - named after the colour they grow into with age, according to The Straits Times.

Beng also added that the dolphins of this species are common in Singapore waters, and have been observed around the southern islands.

"It is good that these dolphins are commonly spotted in our reefs," he added. "It is important for us to be aware of their existence in our waters, and that they are part of our reef ecosystem."

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