Today, the Dredge Team surveyed the seabed at 100m! The deepest in Singapore ever surveyed! (So far)
The Singapore Deeps is a nice way of referring to a part of the seabed that is more than 200m deep! It's somewhere near St John's Island, and kind of Singapore's 'trench'. But since it's not very long and is more circular, it's more proper to call it a Big Deep Hole. The key piece of equipment to help us do this is this brand new winch! Thanks to Dr David Lane for letting me photograph from off his camera! And thanks to Prof Peter Ng for suggesting the title for the blog post.
Basket Star Country Down There! There were lots and lots and lots of basket stars, unfortunately mostly in bits and pieces.
deep sea expert who leads all our dredge survey has a chat with Melissa Diagana, among the intrepid volunteers with the Survey.
NatureWatch. Thank you Melissa! She and other volunteers are hard at work sorting out all the amazing finds of the day.
amphibious bryozoans that Dr Gordon taught us about. No worries, Dr Kevin Tilbrook will soon be joining the Survey and will tell us what these are!
During the Expedition, I will try to post live updates on twitter as well as to facebook and the Mega Marine Survey facebook page. These will get less frequent as I start to do field work. I'm not very good at the smart phone in the field, and also, phone connections are not always strong enough to post regularly. So also check out tweets by participants using the hashtag for the Survey #MegaMarine. These are consolidated on the Mega Marine Survey blog.
Volunteer sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for participation.
But no worries, you CAN still join the Survey! Lots of surveys will continue after the Expedition, just at a less frenzied rate. There will be lots of other opportunities for volunteers to participate in dredging, field surveys as well as laboratory sessions. To join the Mega Marine Survey, register your interest in this form and you'll be invited to join the mailing list to receive updates on the Survey and sign up for Survey activities. Also check out the FAQs for more about the Survey.