The tide is super high! What am I doing at Pulau Semakau?! Without the distraction of marine life, I thought I should try to find the fabled hot spring (yet another attempt).
We were heading out with the Vertebrate Team to try to track down vertebrates on Pulau Semakau. Ben has brought along his Bat Detector! I think it's awesome, and so does Nick!
Mangrove trumpet tree (Dolichandrone spathacea)!
Api-api jambu (Avicennia marina) is growing well and is now quite tall.
Caesalpinia bonduc. This is the only female plant that is known in Singapore.
Teruntum merah (Lumnitzera littorea). I didn't dare to trek much further in as I was alone. Perhaps I'll explore this further when I have some company.
Malayan monitor lizards (Varanus salvator), and many birds including several Great billed herons. But the rest of the team saw lots of snakes, Nick saw a skink and got a photo of a snake catching a mudskipper! Sadly, Ben's Bat Detector didn't pick up much.
Dungun (Heritiera littoralis) fruits!
TeamSeagrass will soon be back on Pulau Semakau to check up on the seagrass meadows there.
Thanks to Jinny and friends at NEA for permission to survey Semakau and the much appreciated ride out!