On the TeamSeagrass boat, Yen-Ling kindly gives the briefing while I am running up and down between two boats to get the trip started. I'm very thankful that Yen-Ling made the time to come for our little trip even though she had just finished a gruelling week at Singapore's First Marine Biodiversity Expedition.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) and Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii). The Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium) and Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) that we saw were alright, and Needle seagrasses (Halodule sp.) less affected. But overall seagrass coverage and the variety of seagrasses seen remains good
White sea urchins, several small Common sea stars and even some tiny Rabbitfishes! Another great sighting shared by Nor Aishah, flowering Sickle seagrass! I earlier saw a fruit of Sickle Seagrass at Cyrene in Jan 2012.
I didn't even get a chance to drop by Siti's Team or the TeamSeagrass folks doing Site 1 before the tide rushed in and it was time to get off Cyrene!
It was great to have with us today: Wei Ling, Yen-Ling, Nor Aishah, Yi Feng, Regina, Jia Ling, Sean, Jerome, Gaytri, Ethel, Wanzhen to take care of the seagrass monitoring. And Rachel, Chun Fong, Sankar, Jeremy, Pek Gnee, Adrian, Johnson and Jonathan to help Siti with her seagrass experiment.
Special thanks to Rachel for organising the transport and taking care of the logistics for this trip!
We were also joined by Kristine White, an amphipod expert who is here for Singapore's First Marine Biodiversity Expedition. Chay Hoon accompanied her in sampling Cyrene for these elusive tiny creatures. And Kristine has found many of her favourite critters on Cyrene! Hurray!
More about this trip
- Ria with Knobbly sea stars standing on their toes
- Jeremy on facebook with lots of Common sea stars, Bonnet snail and more!