Today, we had our last intertidal trip for the Southern Expedition. Two teams surveyed Pulau Tekukor which is rarely visited and is not accessible to the public.
It was a glorious blue sky day, perfect for taking last shots of St. John's Island from this point of view, unique to the Southern Expedition and Base Camp.
ascidians that she and her team found on Pulau Tekukor.
Frilly sea anemones which are super abundant here, until we joined Kwan Siong who did it with seemingly more ease! I must learn how he does it.
chiton that I had seen before in the past but was unable to dislodge. Today, I learnt how to do this without harming the animal.
Pink-spotted bead anemone which is found very high on the shore. Its scientific name is after Prof Daphne's husband.
Burrowing giant clam. Sadly, it was stuck to a small rock and it would have died as the rock would split into to, providing no protection to the clam, when it starts to burrow. So we are passing this to Mei Lin aka Giant Clam Girl so she can raise it up safely.
Ivan Kwan live tweeted all kinds of interesting finds.
Marcus took a great video clip of it.
Hantu Blog divers. Debby Ng was tweeting about the dives, sharing that there were three new shrimp records for Singapore from just that one dive.
feather stars from the dive!
Fan clams from Pulau Tekukor and when they were opened, we finally found the pea crabs that Prof Peter is interested in. Dr Arthur takes photos of them with Jiaxin taking care of the flash. I'm sure we will soon see fabulous photos of these crabs. I learnt that each Fan clam holds only one pea crab, either a male or a female. The male crab, it seems, moves to mate with females living in nearby clams.
Ivan Kwan for live tweeting throughout the day thus relieving me of this task. And to Marcus Ng for taking good photos of all kinds of critters and happenings, and sharing them on the Mega Marine Survey flickr group.
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 formand 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.