10 June 2012

Busy marine weekend!

There's so much to do for Singapore's shores! This weekend, the regular shore explorers were dispersed for all kinds of marine work.
Photo by Xu Weiting on the ICCS blog.
Over at Pasir Ris, volunteers cleaned up a badly trashed stretch of the shore. This was part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore's World Ocean Day event. In 90 minutes, 50 volunteers hauled out 1.1 tons of trash!!

At the same time, a smaller team was working on trash at Tanah Merah. In 90 minutes, the team of 21 voluteers took out more than 300kgs of trash! Ivan Kwan and Andy Dinesh were with this effort. While Pei Yan and Jocelyne helped out at Pasir Ris.
Photo by Ivan Kwan on the ICCS blog.
Many of the regular team of shore explorers were with TeamSeagrass to monitor the seagrasses at Pulau Semakau and do other seagrass work there.

Meanwhile, Chay Hoon and the team from the Mega Marine Survey did some work on our more remote shores and discovered some interesting new sightings such as this nudibranch!
Photo by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
Kok Sheng has recovered from his injuries to get out on the shore! He shares what he saw at Changi.

This weekend was also the launch of the second edition of the Semakau Book, done by Marcus and Alicia with support of the shore exploration team and lots of great photos by the dive team as well. I'll try to post about this later in the week.

Rick and Sankar of the Mangrove Action Squad held their first public walk at the Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk and I hear it was a great success! They saw Oriental Pied Hornbills and a raptor, as well as the usual mudskippers, crabs, monitor lizards and more. If you missed it, don't worry, there's another one on 23 Jun (Sat), here's more details. Or you can join the Naked Hermit Crab's free tour of the same boardwalk on 30 Jun (Sat).

At Chek Jawa, Ley Kun and Pei Yan of the Naked Hermit Crabs saw otters! Want to see otters and other awesome marine life too? Join the FREE Naked Hermit Crab guided tour of the Chek Jawa boardwalk on 16 Jun (Sat)!
Otters at Chek Jawa, by Heng Pei Yan on her blog
Who says there's nothing meaningful to see and do in Singapore! For more, check out the wild happenings blog which regularly lists upcoming nature events from the forests to the seashores and MORE!

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