25 April 2018

Sea anemones of Singapore's seagrass meadows

In Singapore's lush seagrass meadows live many sea anemones. Although they appear harmless, sea anemones are actually predators!
Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) among seagrasses
Yet, some shrimps have adapted to living on sea anemones without being harmed. While other sea anemones hitch a ride on other sea creatures. Here's some fascinating sea anemones of our seagrass meadows.

24 April 2018

Half of St John's Island closed after asbestos found

Half of St. John's Island was closed on 17 Apr 2018, a day after samples taken from the campsite, lagoon and holiday bungalow area tested positive for asbestos said the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
More than half the island will be closed.
From Channel NewsAsia.
I've seen construction debris dumped on St John's and Lazarus Island, squashed into crevices in the natural cliffs. "Going forward, how will the authorities ensure future proper disposal of general trash and industrial and construction waste?" is the quote I shared with the Straits Times.

23 April 2018

Ocean wanderers: pelagic birds in Singapore waters

In Singapore waters far from shore, fly amazing pelagic birds. Also dolphins and other fascinating marine creatures.
A juvenile Frigatebird seen during a Pelagic Survey.
From the Singapore Bird Group blog.
The Singapore Bird Group of the Nature Society (Singapore) conducts regular surveys to document pelagic birds. What are pelagic birds? Where can we find them? How can we join a pelagic survey?

21 April 2018

Semakau South with dolphins!

Next to the Semakau Landfill are living mangroves, seagrass meadows and reefs on Pulau Semakau.
Pinecone acropora coral (Acropora sp.)
As we were leaving, we glimpsed dolphins briefly. One was a small Indo-pacific hump-backed dolphin, possibly a juvenile. No photos, but what a great encounter! Unfortunately, I also came across a large abandoned net.

20 April 2018

Living seagrass meadows of Changi

Under the flight path of roaring planes from Changi, there are lush seagrass meadows.
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus) at Changi
Studded with Knobbly sea stars and other amazing marine life!

19 April 2018

Cyrene surprises in the morning

Our first morning survey of 2018 is to Cyrene Reef! Although it lies in the middle of an industrial triangle and major shipping lanes, Cyrene has some of Singapore's best shores.
Living reefs at Cyrene
Besides giant sea stars, hidden fishes, strange snails, we also saw a large holey sand dollar for the first time there. And lots more!


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