Friday, January 29, 2010

Coral galore at Semakau-Sakeng seawall

Admist the crazy workload at my NIE course, I am all relieved to be able to squeeze some time to make it for today's trip to Semakau. Thankfully, I managed to arrive at the pier just on time after my lessons to set off for Mei Lin's clam hunt.

Today, we went to a new stretch of shore which lies outside the rock bund that surrounds Semakau landfill. This location is the former Pulau Sakeng. From far, it looked really dead but most of the life actually are found right at the edge after a closer look! Opposite is Pulau Jong.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Virgin trip to a new stretch of Changi

This new stretch of Changi looks really out of reach from maps and we always wonder what's out there on the super long reclaimed shores. Thanks to Travis, he kindly brought us to this shore that I've been wanting to visit for the longest time.

The price to pay for all of is will be the 10km walk! I checked out and indeed we walk at least 10km, and that is just the direct distance that did not take into account the detours made.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another night out at Tanah Merah

It's the last trip of the low tide season this week and Tanah Merah seems to be a great destination that is worth many visits especially at night where the animals are more active.

Thanks to Ron for pointing out, I get to see these pretty little Soft coral false cowrie (Family Ovulidae) on the Spiky flowery soft corals. I previously didn't know that the false cowries can also be found on these soft corals as well.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mesmerized by Little Sisters Island

It's been a while since I am so mesmerized by a southern island shore. And Little Sisters revealed itself to be amazingly beautiful with its resident marine animals.

After having a quick look at the resident giant clam, I went on my search for the Feather stars (Order Comatulida)! Here's one bright red one found underwater.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sentosa with NIE friends

On Saturday, I was out at Tanjong Rimau, Sentosa with NIE friends to look at the area for our field trip project. It was their first time on our shores so I was excited to share our marine habitats with them.

The soft coral can get quite big and here is a group photo of Dominique, Janet and Xinyi with the coral.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rare snail at Sentosa

Today I was out at Sentosa with a small group of friends from NIE. We are there for our field trip project for a Biology class. I'm quite exhausted today, so will only blog the exciting find first.

As usual, I was flipping rocks to look for creatures underneath and I saw a number of the usual cowries.

It was until later that I flipped yet another rock and found this cowrie-looking snail. At first glance when it was out of water with its mantle fully covered, I really thought it was a cowrie.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010 and stonefish accident at BBB

Happy 2010 new year to all of you! Our first destination for the year is Beting Bemban Besar, a patch reef off Semakau that is only exposed at low spring tides. It's my first time there too and I was all excited to get there.

We started it off with a tide that did not recede as much as usual but finally found a nice dry patch to celebrate and take a group photo to toast for a great year to come.

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