When we arrive, the Chek Jawa intertidal walk conducted by NParks and volunteers is well underway! How nice to see people enjoying this special shore! Here is Alan from NParks conducting the tour. Alan looks after the volunteers with Ubin NParks.
intertidal walks at Chek Jawa.
More about these instruments on the TeamSeagrass blog.
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) that has wandered onto the seagrass meadows! There were also a lot of shorebirds busy feeding on the flats and a pair of Oriental pied-hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) were also seen.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that looked a bit pale though none were in extreme bleaching.
Garlic bread sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra). These burrowing sea cucumbers play a part in a healthy seagrass meadow. There were a few Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) and Marcus spotted one Sand star (Astropecten sp.).
Noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis)!
|The crab is as big as the entire cooler box!|
|Enormous and enormously angry!|
|Often dismissed as scum, this tiny seagrass is very rare!|
|Flowers of the Mentigi (left) and Gedabu (right) seen today.|
|The 'arm' of the excavator was permanently |
in the water and not moving or dredging.
All in all, a successful trip retrieving all the precious instruments from Chek Jawa. Hopefully, we will be able to deploy more of these on our other shores so that we can learn more about them. More about TeamSeagrass monitoring on Chek Jawa and elsewhere on the TeamSeagrass blog.