|Dr Tan Koh Siang welcomes the team as they arrive at the site.|
Here's the clean and happy team before we head down the very slippery slope to the mud flats.
|All ready for muddy action!|
As usual, Dr Tan Koh Siang and his able team from the Tropical Marine Science Institute have already set up the transect line and prepared all the gear by the time we hit the mud.
Here's some team members hard at work.
Travis dropped by to check up on us as he had an appointment at the nearby Republic Poly. He didn't bring his booties so he stayed on the bridge and helped out by explaining what we are doing to curious passers-by.
bristleworms or polychaetes (Class Polychaeta)! As Dr Tan explains, these worms are important as part of the food chain. Which is why mangroves such as those at Sungei Buloh have such a great variety of shorebirds.
snails (Class Gastropoda) such as the large conical Telescopium snails (Telescopium telescopium) and other mangrove snails too!
Lokan, and previously known as Polymesoda sp. Dr Tan later tells us more about these fascinating clams, summarised in the clip below. He tells us how you can keep them in a drawer for a month! And how a healthy population of these clams are not commonly seen nowadays. So our Survey has already revealed something useful today!
A tiny fish has been found! There were also lots of tiny fish larvae! Our mangroves are an important part of the lifecycle of many of our favourite seafood like shrimps and crabs and food fishes!
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|Still full of energy after a muddy time in the mangroves!|
There's more work to be done after the field session, to process, sort and identify all these fascinating creatures. Look out for more news on how you can help out in this as well.
Our next session is at Pulau Ubin 12 Feb (Sat). While this slot is already fully signed up, more surveys will be announced.
To join us, register your interest in this form and you'll be invited to join the mailing list to receive updates on the Survey and sign up for Survey activities.
Also check out our FAQs for more about the Survey.
To find out more about our common mangrove wildlife, check out the online Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore and the wildsingapore wild fact sheets.