What happens when the Southern Expedition gets a day off? Some of us decide to explore the coastal forest of St John's Island and Lazarus Island!
We started first by checking out the Eastern point of St. John's Island. Are there any Critically Endangered Mentigi (Pemphis acidula) growing here? Huge boulders ring this scenic natural point, with the Sisters Islands on the horizon.
Nyireh laut (Xylocarpus rumphii) tree, a Criticially Endangered mangrove tree. There is a big old mother Nyireh tree on St. John's Island. But we didn't have time to visit there. So much more to see and learn!
Bonduc (Caesalpinia bonduc) is a very prickly plant! There are only a few plants known in Singapore. I have seen the female plant on Pulau Semakau.
Pelir musang (Fagraea auriculata) found here. Another Critically Endangered coastal plant. The huge flowers are said to be 30cm across and 'Pelir musang' means 'civet cat's testicles' in Malay, probably referring to the fruits.
Seashore nutmeg (Knema globularia) trees on the shore. These pretty trees are well known at Chek Jawa and are also Critically Endangered.
Delek air (Memecylon edule) tree which was blooming and fruiting! This Critically Endangered tree is also found on Pulau Jong, Sentosa, Labrador and some other coastal forests.
Tomorrow, the Expedition resumes with another Deep Dredge and diving surveys.
I hope to resume live updates on twitter as well as to facebook and the Mega Marine Survey facebook page on Monday. 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 formand 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.