Thanks to Rene Ong, we have a glimpse of the fascinating work done at the recent laboratory session of the Survey.
One of the animals they worked on were hermit crabs. Before these can be sorted out, the animals have to first be extracted from their shells! As Rene shared, Helen showed how this is done: "making use of the clamp, the shell is slowly, gently, cracked...taking extreme care not to hurt the hermit crab inside".
A microscope is needed to help with the sorting as we are not able to see the details of the polychaetes with our naked eyes". Here's Yen Ling and Edna setting up the impressive equipment to get this delicate job done.
facebook page album. Thanks for sharing the photos Rene, and great to see the volunteers having fun while making a difference for our marine biodiversity!
There's lots more lab sessions ahead. And these are so popular with the volunteers that all slots are already filled! More about the lab sessions.
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