Back on Cyrene on a blue blue sky day! With TeamSeagrass to monitor the spectacular seagrass meadows here.
Dr Dan Rittschof and students from Duke University who have come to help Siti set up seagrass experiments on Cyrene.
Once again thanks to Melvin, Francis and the crew from the Dolphin, all of us including Siti's experimental gear arrives safely on Cyrene.
Olive snails (Family Olividae), which I often see here but not elsewhere. Also a tiny White sea urchin (Salmacis sp.) which seem to be coming into season on Cyrene. And a tiny young Flower crab (Portunus pelagicus) which were plentiful on Cyrene today.
Tiger anemone! So far, I've only seen this on Changi and Chek Jawa! It's the first time I've seen one on our Southern shores. Indeed, in many ways Cyrene is the Chek Jawa of the South.
Snaky sea anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis), which are not very widely seen.
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) on Cyrene. What is special about the Knobblies on Cyrene is that we find many small ones here. According to the Star Trackers, Cyrene probably has the largest population of these Endangered sea stars, and the only one with a viable, reproducing population of these magnificent sea stars.
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma)!
Red-eyed reef crabs (Eriphia ferox). These are listed as 'Vulnerable' on our Red List.
Giant top shell snail (Trochus niloticus)! These large snails are listed as 'Vulnerable' and are no longer commonly seen on our shores.
Giant reef worm (Eunice aphroditois) foraging out of its hidey hole in the rocky shore.
Cyrene Safari with the Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore. Sadly, sharks were seen caught in driftnets laid on Cyrene last year. This is why a few of us have started Project Driftnet to try to gather data on the impact of abandoned nets and traps on our marine life.
Cyrene is indeed amazingly rich despite being located in the 'industrial triangle' of Pulau Bukom, Jurong Island and Pasir Panjang Container Terminals. Cyrene is also near ongoing massive coastal developments. Looking out from my transect line, I can see the massive reclamation project for a new container terminal at Pasir Panjang.
plans to reclaim the portion of Jurong Island near Cyrene Reef. Hopefully, these will not affect Cyrene too badly. This is why it's important to study and monitor Cyrene. More about the seagrasses today on the TeamSeagrass blog.
More about Cyrene Reef!
It was lovely to meet up with the Duke University students again. I just found out the students have been blogging about their experiences in Singapore! How nice!
And fabulous to finally be able to share Cyrene with Dr Dan. We have been trying to schedule this for years. He sure finds amazing things on our shores! From dugong at Chek Jawa to baby sharks at Cyrene! Thank you Dr Dan!
Tomorrow, one more field trip to try to remove abandoned driftnets on Pulau Semakau!
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