29 March 2013

Singapore's living seabed!

Fascinating glimpses at life at the bottom of the sea in Singapore! Volunteers can help in this survey! Here's some highlights of the Mega Marine Survey of Singapore's seabed on 13 Mar and 21 Mar
Photo by Rene Ong
Thanks to Rene Ong, we get a glimpse of some of the animals found and the volunteers that make the survey possible.

Although the bottom of the sea is quite deep in some places in Singapore waters, the dredge can bring up even delicate animals like this pretty pebble crab with a sharp pointy butt.
Photo by Rene Ong
Another amazing crab! So well camouflaged.
Photo by Rene Ong
A beautiful sea star!
Photo by Rene Ong
Lots of colourful brittle stars!
Photo by Rene Ong
This odd looking thing is some kind of worm!
Photo by Rene Ong
Volunteers play a critical role in the survey. Here's one team of volunteers heading out to St John's Island to help out with laboratory work at the Tropical Marine Science Institute.
Photo by Rene Ong
Volunteers are crucial in helping to quickly ferret out all these creatures from the stuff dredged up from the bottom of the sea. Such as this huge tire that Pei Yan and Sylvia took care of.
There's also lots of work to carefully pick out all the little animals from the dredge samples. It takes a keen eye and patience to gather up the amazing biodiversity found in Singapore's waters!
Other work that needs to get done include preserving and labeling all the precious specimens.
Photo by Rene Ong
Check out all the photos of the 13 Mar and 21 Mar surveys shared by Rene also on the Mega Marine Survey facebook page. Thanks Rene!

Anyone can help in these discoveries. Come volunteer with the Mega Marine Survey to learn more about our shores!

To join the Survey, register your interest in this form and you'll be invited to join the mailing list to receive updates on the Survey and sign up for Survey activities.

Also check out the FAQs for more about the Survey.

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