06 December 2011

"Tiny but Mighty: Beccarrii" - a rare seagrass in Singapore

Singapore's own Halophila beccarii, among the rarest seagrasses in the world is featured in the latest Seagrass-Watch Issue 44 Nov 2011. Siti has dubbed it 'Tiger seagrass' because the leaves are often banded.
Recently, a few of us saw vast areas of this Critically Endangered Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) on our northern shores: at Kranji Nature Trail and at Mandai Mangroves!

The latest issue of Seagrass Watch magazine is also full of sea turtles!


There are lots of lovely photos and articles about sea turtles and seagrass meadows! With more about the impact of extreme weather on seagrasses and sea turtles, and about efforts to conserve sea turtles and seagrasses.
Sadly, there are many threats to sea turtles everywhere. It was most distressing for me to see this photo of a severely undernourished sea turtle.
Sea turtles are also affected by disease. Oh dear!
The sad issue of trade in sea turtles is also featured.
There's more about sea turtles in general including a great chart on how to identify the sea turtles found in our region. Read all about them in Seagrass-Watch Issue 44 Nov 2011
Does Singapore have seagrasses? Sea turtles? YES! Here's more about Singapore's sea turtles and about Singapore's seagrass meadows. Come for Siti's talk this Saturday 10 Dec to find out MORE about our seagrasses and the amazing animals that live there!

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