We're back out on the shores to gather specimens for a very special Marine Exhibition at the Festival of Biodiversity this weekend. As Ley Kun is setting up the tank, passers-by are already curious about what is going on.
Our day started well before dawn once again. Between recent our trips to the two shores, we will have ALL the major Singapore seagrass species displayed at the Festival!
middle of the industrial triangle!. It's full of all kinds of marine life! Like sea urchins, sand dollars and Common sea stars which sadly are no longer common, even on Chek Jawa.
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum) that is quite common on Cyrene but less commonly seen on our other shores. It eats sand dollars, which are abundant on the natural sandy shores of Cyrene.
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) that can be found here!
Pentaceraster sea star (Pentaceraster mammilatus)! We have a look at it but leave it on the shore as it's not very commonly seen.
Fire anemone (Actinodendron sp.)! It's our first record of this sea anemone on Cyrene. Amazing that we've been coming to Cyrene so often and we keep seeing new stuff here!
Asparagus flowery soft coral (Family Nephtheidae)! Perhaps we overlooked the anemone, dismissing it for a soft coral? Need to be more attentive and careful on the shores!
Swimming anemones (Boloceroides sp.?) with stripes instead of bands on their many arms. We saw this also on Pulau Sekudu in the north, last year. Cyrene indeed has many special animals that are more commonly seen on Chek Jawa than on our southern shores. This why in some ways, Cyrene is the Chek Jawa of the South.
Snaky sea anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis)!
Ornate leaf slugs (Elysia ornata). These slugs suck the sap of seaweeds and ostensibly turns green to match their food. The pale slug I saw probably hasn't eaten enough yet.
Tape seagrasses (Enhalus acoroides). It's now bare as the Tape seagrasses here have mostly been cropped short. Collin also had a little wade around the pool and confirmed my suspicion that the pool has become more shallow.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii), Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium), Serrated ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea serrulata). We carefully take small samples for the Festival tank.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) with anemone shrimps, cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia) and Garlic sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra)!
Naked Hermit Crabs) joins us after the long trip to help us set up the tank.
Mei Lin (aka Giant Clam girl) stops by to help put in the more delicate tiny seagrasses! Jocelyne is busy taking photos of us at work. Thanks everyone!
me on facebook. As I try to deal with my smart phone, which is much smarter than me!
Come visit us this weekend to meet passionate volunteers who will share our marine life and the work being done for them, check out this amazing marine colouring sheet for kids and the young-at-heart, try out games like Seashore CSI and more!
There's lots more going on at the Festival of Biodiversity too!
Visit the Festival of Biodiversity blog for the latest updates!
Dates: 26 May (Sat) and 27 May (Sun)
Venue: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens location map
Website and contact: http://festivalofbiodiversitysingapore.wordpress.com/