The Bivalve Workshop heads out to the mudflats of Kranji early this morning to look for mangrove and mud clams! They were kind enough to let me join them.
I met up with the Workshop team at the carpark. They had a long long journey here from St. John's Island!
June 2011 to look for sea anemones for TMSI's last workshop on sea anemones!
Mangrove horseshoe crabs (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) were trapped in the net. Many of them were still alive and we managed to rescue about 40 of them.Including the dead ones, I estimate there were about 80 animals trapped in the net. We had to work fast as the trip was ending so I couldn't take proper photos or keep count.
Stone crabs (Myomennipe hardwicki).
Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator), but more likely a Banded file snake (Acrocordus granulatus). Sigh.
300 horseshoe crabs were found trapped in an abandoned net at Mandai. The Nature Society (Singapore) has a programme to track horseshoe crabs in another part of Kranji and does work on horseshoe crab populations in Singapore.
Project Driftnet team to remove nets and properly document their impact. Hopefully, with more data, we can encourage some movement to control the use of these nets.