Singapore has awesome sea anemones! Dr Daphne shares fascinating insights during her Sea Anemone Public Lecture today.
First, the amazing news of MORE than 50 sea anemone species in Singapore! In his introduction, Dr Tan Swee Hee said before Dr Daphne started studying our anemones, we expected perhaps 10-20 sea anemone species. This goes to show just how important it is to look more closely at our marine biodiversity. This workshop is part of the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore, which aims to do just that!
Burgundy Anemones from Punggol that were happily at home in the museum tank. Dr Daphne is still puzzling out this one out. WOW!
to live tweet the lecture! While behind him, Andy was setting up two cameras to videotape the entire lecture. The talk was very well attended with probably more than 100 people in the room. There was also a lively QandA after the talk.
about the sea anemones of Pulau Hantu. One volunteer guide remarked on facebook that he would share what he has learnt in his tours. Kok Sheng has also uploaded screen shots of Dr Daphne's talk on flickr. Jeffery Low also posted about the talk. And there was a great article about our sea anemones in the Straits Times, thank you Grace!
After the talk, Prof Leo Tan kindly hosted dinner for the Workshop participants. Where we shared even more anemone stories. It was sad to see the end of the Workshop, but so much has been accomplished and yet more still needs to be done. It only means that Dr Daphne must come back to Singapore again!
Dr Daphne will stay on for a while more and we hope to take her out to more shores! So the anemone hunt continues!
The Sea Anemone Workshop is jointly organised by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the Tropical Marine Science Institute in conjunction with the National Parks Board, National Biodiversity Centre and their Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore.