In the dark under the full mooon, we made a quick safe landing on this beautiful submerged reef that lies just next to Singapore's only landfill, and just across from the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, all lighted up at night.
Merten's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii) that we have been seeing recently. Very soon after we arrived Kok Sheng found two Merten's carpet anemones. As we headed towards him, we found another one!
Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) below.
Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica). This one had a 'Nemo' in it. We saw the usual sea anemones and later Dr Kitithorn Sarnpanich showed us a lovely photos of a Haekel's anemone (Actinostephanus haekeli) that he saw.
Hammer oyster (Malleus sp.)! I've outlined it in yellow.
Montipora corals (Montipora sp.). We stopped to look for the many critters that usually live in such stony forests.
Shell briefing on this in Sep 2012.
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Burrowing snake eel (Pisodonophis crancrivorous), but it jumped out of my pail!
jellyfish. Fortunately, Marcus had his long lens to take a good photo of it.
During the Expedition, I will try to post live updates on twitter as well as to facebook and the Mega Marine Survey facebook page. These will get less frequent as I start to do field work. I'm not very good at the smart phone in the field, and also, phone connections are not always strong enough to post regularly. So also check out tweets by participants using the hashtag for the Survey #MegaMarine. These are consolidated on the Mega Marine Survey blog.
Volunteer sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for participation.
But no worries, you CAN still join the Survey! Lots of surveys will continue after the Expedition, just at a less frenzied rate. There will be lots of other opportunities for volunteers to participate in dredging, field surveys as well as laboratory sessions. To join the Mega Marine 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.