Otters! Always an awesome sight! We were just taking a breather after Dr Yong's talk and while waiting for the Mega Marine Survey to start up nearby. On the main bridge, we saw a pair of otters playing in the stream before heading for their favourite resting site near the Visitor Centre!
It's awesome how we can observe these delightful creatures so near to the entrance of the Reserve!
Smooth otters (Lutrogale perspicillata).
Shortly after the otter sighting, Wei Ling arrives and we quickly head out to show her the amazing Bakau Mata Buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) at Kranji. As Dr Yong explained at his talk, this tree is globally endangered, and in Singapore it is Critically Endangered. The mangroves here are so pretty and nice!
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata) that are here. These trees are also Critically Endangered in Singapore. Wei Ling takes down their GPS coordinates. Hurray!
Berembang (Sonneratia caseolaris) that we saw on our earlier trip. It too is Critically Endangered in Singapore.
Dungun air (Brownlowia tersa) here, and they are starting to bloom! These plants are Endangered in Singapore.
Teruntum (Lumnitzera sp.). These trees are Endangered in Singapore.
Mega Marine Survey blog.
Just as we started the Survey, Wei Ling found a huge patch of the globally rare Beccari seagrass (Halophila beccarii)! So far, in Singapore, it is only found at Sungei Buloh and Chek Jawa. Now also at Kranji! This seagrass is Critically Endangered in Singapore.
soil investigation work going on to prepare for development of the area as part of the Sungei Buloh Masterplan.
See also Andy's blog for better video clips of the otters we saw.