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Published: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 12:10:45 PM

Good or bad - plenty of fish at village shore

Villagers rushing to collect the fish at Kampung Tabisan.

Villagers rushing to collect the fish at Kampung Tabisan.

KOTA KINABALU: Thousands of fish splashed onto the shores of Kampung Tabisan in Sabah’s eastern Lahad Datu district, sparking talk among the residents whether it was an omen of things to come.

The villagers rushed to scoop up the fish, locally known as Tamban. They were, however, divided whether it was a good or bad sign.

Suzila Abdullah, who runs a sundry shop in the village, said the phenomenon had been happening in the past three years.

“But it is different this time because the number of fish is exceptionally high. In the past, most would have been scooped up by the end of the day but today there is still a lot more left,” she said when contacted yesterday.

Suzila said she believed that strong currents and waves caused the fish to come to shore during the current season but it only lasted about two or three days.

The villagers cooked the fish while some took it to Lahad Datu and other districts to sell them.

The Tamban fish is popular among the villagers.

Tags / Keywords: Environment, fishes

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