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Sea cucumber scare in Penang

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Photo: The thumb-sized, jelly-like sea cucumber appeared on the beach two days ago. -- CHINA PRESS
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Dec 13, 2006
Sea cucumber scare in Penang - Could a tsunami strike them again? That was the deep fear that struck Penang residents when they saw thousands of sea cucumbers on the beach two days ago. The residents of Pantai Pasir Panjang remember how thousands of fish washed ashore on the same beach several days before the December 26, 2004 tsunami catastrophe. Most of the more than 50 deaths in Malaysia due to the tsunami were reported at Pantai Pasir Panjang. The RARE phenomenon took place this time on the 11th as the thumb-sized creatures found their way onto the kilometre-long shore after midnight. And residents are worried that it could signal an impending tsunami. Last month, The Star reported something similar happening in Kuala Terengganu when thousands of sea cucumbers, also known as gamat, appeared on the Batu Buruk tourist beach. The deputy director of the Oceanography Institute described the phenomenon as 'VERY ODD' and said it could have been caused by strong sea undercurrents. 'This may be due to the imminent monsoon season, but I consider it a strange occurrence as it HAS NEVER OCCURRED HERE BEFORE.'

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