The biggest achievement of the day (and perhaps the week) was getting everyone at the Expedition together for a group photo! (as Ivan Kwan noted in his tweet). Herding cats is probably easier.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Dr Shane Ahyong shares great news about the first discovery of five species of mantis shrimps from Singapore waters at the Southern Expedition! One of them, a coral reef mantis shrimp is probably new to science.
What are mantis shrimps? And why are they the Ferraris of the Sea? Here's more about these intriguing creatures, shared by Dr Shane Ahyong of the Australian Museum.
|Photo by Dr Arthur Anker|
A gianormous cuttlefish that is bigger than Jiaxin's foot was the highlight of the day!
Of course, there were also many other interesting finds as three teams surveyed Big Sisters, Raffles Lighthouse and Cyerene Reef. As well as a dredge survey.
|Photo by Jiaxin.|
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Another predawn trip, this time to magical Raffles Lighthouse. On the horizon, Pulau Senang and the tiny Pulau Biola which lies in the restricted Life Firing Area.
What are lace corals and moss animals? How many of these can we expect to find in Singapore?
Monday, May 27, 2013
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin visits the Expedition today! We are thrilled. Here he is peering over Dr Joelle Lai's shoulder as she checks a Fan clam for commensals.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
There are lots of Knobbly sea stars at Beting Bemban Besar! Another team at Terumbu Bemban finds lots of octopuses. While yet another team at Big Sisters finds more intertidal feather stars.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Huge sea fans and large sponges were collected today. Wow! Singapore has astonishing marine life and we wouldn't know it if we didn't go out and look.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Rarely seen, with few specimens known to science, this special crab is only found in Singapore. Not seen for 100 years, the Southern Expedition has found another specimen of this elusive creature in Singapore waters!
Prof Peter Ng says "Not only do we now report the crab after a century hiatus – we also here
document its splendid colours for the first time – white, red, brown,
pink and purple!" Here's more about this intriguing creature, shared by Prof Peter Ng.
|Photo by Prof Peter Ng.|
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Humungous sea cucumbers were found during the day dive today! Thanks to Dr David and Dr Zeehan!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Electric rays! These cute little fishes were among the finds during the Deep Dredge today! They were last recorded in 1964 and are different from the spotty electric ray that we have seen in shallow water.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Today, the Dredge Team surveyed the seabed at 100m! The deepest in Singapore ever surveyed! (So far)
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Southern Expedition explodes on St John's Island with a boatload of humungous gear!
Friday, May 17, 2013
It's still days before the Southern Expedition starts and we are already finding cool marine critters!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The enthusiastic students from River Valley High School were a bright spot at the Northern Expedition of the Mega Marine Survey last year. Their questions and curiosity made the work more interesting and enjoyable for all.
Thaddea Chua shares their story in this article in My Green Space Issue 17 an NParks magazine.
|Prof Daphne Fautin, world authority on sea anemones|
sharing about these animals with the students.