It's a rather wet sunrise, but this does not deter a small team from heading out to the seagrass meadows at Pulau Semakau.
Reaching the shore, before we head out to our sites, Siti quickly goes through the processes. Then we're off in strange sunny drizzle.
Synaptid sea cucumber. Andy, our stalwart Team member, has done video clips of this animal.
Durian sea cucumber! This animal is often seen on Semakau.
Garlic bread sea cucumber. This animal is listed as Vulnerable on our Red List of threatened animals in Singapore and it plays an important role in the health of seagrasses!
Knobbly sea star! This sea star seems to be more abundant where there is good seagrass meadows. In Singapore, it is listed as Endangered.
Giant carpet anemone. It had an anemone shrimp! These anemones usually have 'Nemo's too, but we couldn't see any in this one.
Pink puff ball sponge (the pink fluff is just a tiny bit that sticks out of the ground, the bulk of the sponge is buried!).
Glad to have today Jerome, Nadine, Jocelyne, Chun Fong, Eta, Yifeng, Vanitha, Nor Aishah, Sue, Siti Zaleha and Andy.
Thanks also to Siti for taking care of the monitoring and briefing, Wei Ling for arranging everything even though she was too ill to come for our trip, and Rachel for taking care of the transport.
We were also joined by JC Chua and friends who looked at our mangroves. Rachel and Hassan also had a look at some of the rare coastal and mangrove plants on Pulau Semakau.
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