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Beronok fear

Sea cucumbers on Penang beach raise fear
11 Dec 2006(NST)

BALIK PULAU: Memories of the tsunami disaster returned to haunt residents of Pantai Pasir Panjang following the appearance of thousands of the jelly-like sea cucumbers on the beach here.

The bronog, the size of a thumb, found their way onto the kilometre-long shore after midnight yesterday.

While holiday-makers took no notice of the rare phenomenon, residents here believe that the appearance of the sea cucumbers could be a sign of an impending disaster.

Several days before the Dec 26 tsunami in 2004, thousands of fish were washed ashore on the same beach.

Most of the more than 50 deaths during the tsunami were reported at Pantai Pasir Panjang.

Abu Bakri Abu Bakar, 33, a security personnel at the Kem Bina Negara here, said this was the first such incident on the beach.

He said the beach looked white but there was a change in colour that made him go there to check.

"I found thousands of sea cucumbers washed ashore. I have a funny feeling that this is a bad omen.

"I just hope my instincts are wrong this time," he added.

About a month ago, thousands of sea cucumbers, known locally as gamat, also appeared on the Batu Buruk tourist beach in Kuala Terengganu.

Officials there claimed that it was a new phenomenon for sea cucumbers to surface near the shore.

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