Bivalves are fascinating complicated creatures, I learnt today at the Bivalve Workshop. Although they may appear boring at first glance, looking more closely, they have all kinds of tricks up their valves.
Tropical Marine Science Institute is conducting the Workshop: Introduction to Tropical Bivalves over the next week. I attended his fascinating lectures today.
We started with the basics of bivalves. Although 'simple' creatures that lack seemingly 'important' features like a head, bivalves are the second largest mollusc group after the gastropods: snails and slugs. Singapore lies at the heart of an area which among the largest number of bivalve species!
@VaranusSalvator also live tweeted the lectures #BivalveWorkshop.
There'll be more lectures the rest of the week, which part-timers like me will be eagerly looking forward to. Many of us are volunteers with the Mega Marine Survey. What we learnt today will really help us appreciate and find the bivalves on our shores.
There is also a contingent of full time residential scientists from all over the world who will be more completely immersed in the workshop. They will be going on field trips, doing lab work and learning lots more about bivalves.
We also had a great lunch and fun with the touch pool, but I forgot to take photos of this.
I never knew bivalves were so much fun!