It's our first monitoring trip for 2012! And what a wet start we had!
When we arrive at Chek Jawa, we are greeted by Mama pig and one of her babies. They are both covered in mud!
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata). As far as I've seen, this is the largest patch of this kind of seagrass in Singapore. Smaller patches have so far only been seen at Cyrene Reef and at Tanah Merah.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis), Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.), Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa) and I was glad to see some small patches of the rare Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii). There's an article about Singapore and this rare seagrass in the latest issue of Seagrass Watch.
Sea lettuce seaweed (Ulva sp.) which is normal for this time of the year. These get entangled on the seagrasses and make it more challenging to monitor. Especially with rain and a less than ideal tide. So, bravo to the team for getting the job done!
dugong feeding trails! Hurray!
More about what I saw on the wild shores of singapore blog.
It was great to have so many enthusiastic people with us on this trip: Richard, Jerome, Kah Ming, Gladys, Philip, Catherine, Lucas, Kimberley, Yifeng, Nor Aishah, Edna, Eta, Siti Zaleha Zainal, Ratna, Pek Gnee and Jeremy. Also to Andy, and to Ben and Samantha.
Thanks also to Siti for briefing us and guiding the team at Site 2, Rachel for organising all the logistics and supplies, Wei Ling for taking care of surprises and to special thanks to the regulars and veterans who guided the new ones, took care of the equipment and all the many small details for our smooth trip despite the awful weather.
Others who posted about this trip
Jerome shared more photos including a lovely nudibranch!