It was an intriguing mix of Malay and Chinese personalities. After a little bit of asking around, we found out that this has something to do with Kusu Island. Not surprising as this little island has both a Chinese temple and a Malay keramat or shrine. How marvellous! A uniquely Singapore event!
Tape seagrasses (Enhalus acoroides) are blooming today! The water was dotted with the tiny white male flowers that float.
[Update: Jeffrey Low shared a comment on this post, and photos of cropped Tape seagrasses north of our survey sites.]
We encountered a similar situation on Cyrene Reef, as well as at Terumbu Semakau. Oh dear. Well, this is why it is important to monitor our seagrasses!
After the monitoring we had a quick look around at the shore. Near Site 1, The Magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica) that I saw on my previous monitoring trip is still there. It seems to be doing well. Later I found out the team saw several more. That's nice to know!
On this trip we had with us: Richard, Jerome, Gladys, Nor Aishah, Joo Yong, Jocyelyne, Sean, Kok Sheng, Mei Lin, Andy, Regina, Yifeng, Eta, Jacyln, Sankar, Philip, Catherine, Lucas, Ruici, Zestin, Alissa, Jeremy, Jose. It was nice to have Dawn, Siti's student, with us too. The Team also helped Siti and Dawn with their project. Andy pounded in new stakes for Sites 1 and 2 and the regulars helped guide the new ones and with the many details for a smooth and fruitful trip. Thank you!
Thanks to Siti and Wei Ling for looking after two sites! And many thanks also to Rachel of NParks for taking care of the myriad annoying logistical details even though she couldn't join us. Many thanks also to NEA for hosting us and as usual, providing much appreciated transport to and from the start site!
Others who posted about this trip
- Ria with special plants found on Pulau Semakau
- Jerome with anemone shrimp, carpet eel blenny and sights of our Southern Islands on the ferry ride.
- Mei Lin with a closer look at where the male Tape seagrass flowers come from, and more interesting animals.
- Jose with corals, a Magnificent anemone, nudibranch and more!
- Jocelyne shares about her 6 years monitoring seagrasses! And more.