It's a bright blue sky day and a small team is out to monitor seagrasses at Pulau Semakau!
As usual, we begin the trip with a safety briefing on the ferry. "Can you find the Stonefish?" in the seashore pamphlet highlights how difficult it is to see some of the dangerous animals on our shores. But with proper care and attention, we can have a safe and enjoyable trip!
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii), Serrated ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea serrulata), Noodle seagrass (Syringodium isoetifolium), Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) and Needle seagrasses (Halodule sp.).
Codium green seaweed (Codium sp.) among the seagrasses. But it's good to see that much of the Tape seagrasses here are nice and long! Many of those I measure were 40-50cm long! Unlike at Cyrene in March, where the Tape seagrasses are cropped short.
Lined eeltail catfishes (Plotosus lineatus). These fishes swim in a tight 'ball' and when threatened will face outwards, toxic spines sticking out.
On this trip we had with us: Richard, Jerome, Jia Ling, Yifeng, Jose, Sean, Marcus, Chu Luo, Cindy, Chiu Ling, Johnson, Siow Yong, Meilin, Cheryl, Josephine, Samuel, Bryan. Siti was also with us with a small team to do some work on Sickle seagrasses.
Many thanks to Rachel of NParks for arranging for the boat and the van rides to the site. Many thanks also to NEA for hosting us and as usual, providing much appreciated transport to and from the start site!
Today, there was a big team out on Pulau Semakau with Zeb Hogan, led by the Nature Society (Singapore) team for their nature documentary contest event. Marcus had a nice long chat with Zeb too. In the news, Zeb says "I was surprised when I came to Semakau because it's a landfill - Semakau Landfill. I didn't know what to expect and being out here, there's so much life out here. That was the most surprising thing. The biodiversity here, in the inter-tidal zone in Semakau, is equally rich to what I've seen in other areas in other inter-tidal zones. So, that was surprising, seeing so many different kinds of sponges, crabs, different species of shrimps, many different species of fish, very rich life."
Today, news is out that the big lagoon in the landfill will be partitioned and used for depositing the ash from our incinerators. The landfill is fast filling up! Although it is expected to meet Singapore's needs until 2024, if we want to avoid expanding the landfill further after that, which would destroy the seagrasses and other marine life on Pulau Semakau, we need to intensify efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle!
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