18 February 2019

Get plushie Snapping shrimps and Shrimp gobies!

This curious partnership between a little fish and little shrimp can be seen on Singapore's shores!
How to make plushie snapping shrimp and goby
 I've made lots and lots of plushie partners to give to volunteers at the upcoming Celebrating Singapore Shores on 16 Mar (Sat) at Berlayar Creek. To be a volunteer, simply join the FREE workshop on guiding on 9 Mar (Sat), and see you at Berlayar Creek!

Here's more about Singapore's amazing snapping shrimps and shrimp gobies!

The shrimp goby lives in the same burrow with a snapping shrimp. A snapping shrimp has one of its pincers greatly enlarged. This pincer may even be as long as its entire body! The enlarged pincer can produce a very loud sound. The blast stuns prey like tiny fish and cracks the shells of small clams. It is also used to warn off predators and intimidate rival snapping shrimps.
Pink-speckled shrimp-goby (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus) and Many-band snapping shrimp  (Family Alpheidae)
With keener eyesight, the goby keeps a look-out while the shrimp busily digs out and maintains their shared home.
Saddled shrimp-goby (Cryptocentrus maudae) with Many-band snapping shrimp (Family Alpheidae)
The shrimp is literally constantly in touch with the goby with at least one of its antennae always on the goby.
Brown shore goby (Drombus triangularis) with two Smooth snapping shrimps (Alpheus sp.)
When the goby darts into the burrow, the shrimp is right behind it!
Shrimp goby and associated snapping shrimp?

This amazing partnership is featured in the new Celebrating Singapore Shores Forever logo. Here's a cute story behind the logo.
Celebrating Singapore Shores forever logo

The logo will be launched at Celebrating Singapore Shores at Berlayar Creek!

Date: 16 March 2019 (Saturday) First day of March school holidays.
Venue: Berlayar Creek Boardwalk (next to Labrador Park MRT Station) to Marina at Keppel Bay
Time: 4pm – 8pm

To be a volunteer, come for the 9 Mar (Sat): Easy nature guiding - a workshop with Ria Tan and friends! Registration now open!
Families on a guided tour at Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk
Always wanted to be a nature guide? Want to be a better nature guide? This workshop is just for you! First timers and existing nature guides are welcomed. Find out what makes a good nature guide (psst, not knowledge, as most people think!).
Sea Our Shores Workshop on Nature Guiding by Lepak in SG, Feb 2018
Here's the wonderful participants
when we conducted this workshop in Feb 2018!
Then test your newfound approach and guide alongside the volunteers of the Naked Hermit Crabs for an actual tour of the Berlayar Creek mangrove boardwalk - with real participants. Experienced volunteers will demonstrate and help you guide during this walk.
Berlayar Creek Boardwalk
You then have a chance to give back to the Naked Hermit Crabs by being a station guide for the "Celebrating Singapore Shores!" on 16 March (Sat) at the same Berlayar Creek Boardwalk. More details will be provided during the workshop.

Indoor classroom workshop
Date: 9 March (Sat)
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy City Square Mall (TBC)

Outdoor field session with the Naked Hermit Crabs
Date: 10 March (Sun)
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Berlayar Creek Boardwalk (Meet at Labrador MRT station street level)

Volunteer for "Celebrating Singapore Shores" Event with the Naked Hermit Crabs
Date: 16 March (Sat)
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Venue: Berlayar Creek Boardwalk (more details provided at the workshop)

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