A small team heads out to Chek Jawa early this morning to prepare for a very special Marine Exhibition at the Festival of Biodiversity this weekend.
When we reached Chek Jawa, Mama wild boar and her babies were already up and about. Here she is giving her babies a thorough grooming session. She is really a good mama. Alas, I only counted five little babies, down from seven in previous weeks. Well, it is nature's way for only the fittest to survive.
Festival of Biodiversity poster up at the Chek Jawa Information Kiosk! Thank you Ubin NParks for sharing this event with visitors to Chek Jawa!
Marine Exhibition there. This will hopefully allow more people to get a closer look at our seagrasses. Thanks to Siti, we are able to get our samples from Chek Jawa today, and tomorrow from the fabulous Cyrene Reef!
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata). Siti teaches us how to carefully collect a small sample of this and other seagrasses here.
Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa). These have very thin delicate underground roots. We also carefully gathered some large-leaved Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) which is more commonly seen in the North. As well as some Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.) and the rare Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii)
Dendrodoris denisoni nudibranchs! Sneaky cam doesn't take a good photo of them, but these two are side by side, head to tail. These animals are hermaphrodites with both male and female reproductive organs. When two nudis mate, they exchange sperm and then each goes on to lay a ribbon of eggs!
Geographic sea hares (Syphonota geographica) and their pink noodly egg strings. Slugs don't do well in captivity, so they stay on the shore.
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)!
carpet eel-blenny (Congrogadus subducens) was perfectly camouflaged among the green seaweeds!
flowery sea pen (Family Veretillidae) and a nice healthy little Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia).
Thorny sea cucumbers (Colochirus quadrangularis) as well as more Pink warty sea cucumbers (Cercodemas anceps) than usual. I was also glad to come across several Garlic sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra) and Ball sea cucumbers (Phyllophorus sp.).
dugong feeding trails!
a week ago, today I only saw a few bleaching Carpet anemones. And I didn't see large number of uprooted sea cucumbers. That's a relief!
meet passionate volunteers who will share our marine life and the work being done for them, check out this amazing marine colouring sheet for kids and the young-at-heart, try out games like Seashore CSI and more!
There's lots more going on at the Festival of Biodiversity too!
Visit the Festival of Biodiversity blog for the latest updates!
Dates: 26 May (Sat) and 27 May (Sun)
Venue: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens location map
Website and contact: http://festivalofbiodiversitysingapore.wordpress.com/