08 August 2019

Fish Expedition Day 8

The Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition restarts after a much needed day of rest.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
The dive team came back with big fishes! While the intertidal team had a muddy day at Pasir Ris Park. Also some glimpses into the angling team's catch on 5 Aug.

Kelvin Yong and the team laid the net four times at Pasir Ris! The net was full of seaweed is one of the net pulls.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Which had to be removed to clear the net for the next pull. After removing every fish. This took some time.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Among the finds at Pasir Ris, the cutest little pufferfish!
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
The last pull was in soft mud, and the team got really muddy. As well as the net. So the net had to be washed before it was put away.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Here's a clip of the four times the net was laid, after which it was washed in the stream, and hauled all the way back. Back breaking work!
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
The precious net is carefully washed back at the museum.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Then it's back to the lab for MORE work, cleaning the fish, identifying them, recording their data meticulously.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Extracting their DNA.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Pinning out the fins of even the tiniest fish.
Photo by Kelvin Yong
Then photographing them for high resolution scientific photos.
Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Just as the lab cleared the finds of the intertidal team, the dive team arrived with amazing fishes. Including some really large ones!
Photo by Kelvin Yong
Thanks to Dr Jeffery Low, here's a video clip of the divers at work in the days before. They saw amazing marine life like a huge cuttlefish and an enormous pufferfish.
Diving at the Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019
Meanwhile, the anglers are hard at work. Here's photos shared by the Marine Stewards Singapore of their catch on 5 Aug.
It is hard work building the Singapore fish library. And it would not have been possible without the support of so many experts and volunteers!

More about the Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019 with daily and other updates are posted here.

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