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Leopard shark spotted in Jakarta Bay

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 13, 2019   /   01:01 pm
Leopard shark spotted in Jakarta Bay A whale shark is seen swimming near the surface in waters near the northern coast of Jakarta. (Via kompas.com/Sudin LH Kepulauan Seribu)

A 5-meter-long leopard shark was spotted in Jakarta Bay on Tuesday, some 3 miles from the popular Ancol Beach in North Jakarta. 

An internet user captured the shark in a video, which then went viral after being reposted by Instagram account @jktinfo.

"Tuesday, March 12, a leopard shark was spotted in Jakarta Bay by patrol officers from Thousand Islands Police," the account wrote in the caption. 

Thousand Islands water police boat 204 captain Chief Brig. Syahroni said the sighting occurred when the boat was carrying passengers, heading from Pramuka Island to Marina Harbor in Ancol.

"We were on our way back to Jakarta from a social event. Suddenly something that looked like a log appeared at the surface of the water. Apparently it was a shark," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Syahroni added that the passengers, who were mostly women and doctors, were surprised by the sighting of such a rare sea creature. 

With the urge to enjoy the moment a little longer, Syahroni decided to circle the area where the shark appeared. 

"As I circled my boat around the shark, the shark didn’t appear as if it was going to attack us and it didn’t seem frightened by us," he said. 

According to Syahroni, he had seen a leopard shark several times before. The creature is believed to appear when sea water warms after the rain. (vla)