What are bryozoans? Here's more about these fascinating animals that I learned during the wonderful workshop in 2013 that was conducted by Dr Dennis Gordon. So glad that Dr Gordon and other bryozoan experts returned to survey our shores!
|Dr Gordon sharing about bryozoans during his 2013 workshop.|
7 May 2019: Pulau Semakau (South) was our first stop and the team found lots of interesting bryozoans on rocks and under planks!
Horse mussels growing here compared to our last survey in Mar 2019.
zoanthids and hard corals. There were many Giant carpet anemones, I only saw one that was pale. Many of the Frilly sea anemones I saw near the mangroves were pale.
Needle seagrass with narrow leaves. I saw some longer Tape seagrass near the mangroves, but most of those further out were still cropped.
8 May 2019: We made an early morning visit to the mangroves of Lim Chu Kang. MORE awesome bryozoans are discovered here.
Mangrove jingle shells, some snails and even spiders. I also came across some of the iconic mangrove and mudflats creatures such as the Petal-mouth sea anemone and Mangrove horseshoe crab (inspected for bryozoans too).
mass fish death in 2016. On this trip, I didn't notice a lot of dead fish, although thousands of dead fishes were reported on this shore on 1 May 2019. The trash situation is still bad.
9 May 2019: The team returns at sunrise to Changi Beach. Where I noticed there is now a line a blue drums: a security barrier that is showing up on many of our shores. They were not there on our last survey here in Feb 2019.
Smooth ribbon seagrass. There were also lush growths of Fern seagrass, Spoon seagrass and Needle seagrass.
Horse mussels in dense numbers on the shore, similar to what we last saw in Feb 2019. Here's a video of them squirting water at low tide.
10 May: The team checked out the rocky shores of Pulau Ubin.
I had a great time with Dr Lee Hsiang Liow (who led the survey), Dr Dennis Gordon, Dr Piotr Kuklinski and the Singapore team of Dr Huang Danwei's lab. Special thanks to Su, Jain Sudhanshi Sanjeev for organising all the trips so well. All trips were done with special permits and permission.
Grateful thanks to everyone for making time to look at Singapore's marine biodiversity!
Meanwhile, thanks to Jianlin for leading the regular team on surveys of other shores...
Thanks to Jianlin for leading a survey at Pasir Ris. Also on this trip: Jesselyn
Jesselyn Chua Jia Xin
Thanks to Jianlin for leading a survey at Changi. Here's what they saw:
Also on this trip: Lisa, Chin Sing, Lester.