Dr Heok spotted the isopod and Dr Zeehan shows and explains it to the volunteers. The volunteers are morbidly fascinated by this living horror.
Raffles Museum News post: "The parasitic isopod lives within the mouth of the spotted scat. It has eaten away the scat's tongue (!) and has lodged itself in the tongue's place. No one really knows what the isopod/tongue lives off. Some studies suggest that they feed off the animals the fish eats; other studies suggest that they are blood drinking mouth leeches within the fish." Super icky!
|Photo by Raffles Museum on facebook.|
|Heok annoys Tommy by trying to take a photo of him fishing.|
the importance of tissue banks in the New York Times. It explains why such collection is vital and I'm glad it's being done during this Northern Expedition.
"A guide to common marine fishes of Singapore".
Dr Heok explains more about the fishes that a fisherman engaged by the Expedition has brought in. He found the isopod in one of them.
As the Expedition comes to a close, it's time to get all our specimens in order. Here's a huge pile of sponges that have been found.
introducing OBS instructors to nature awareness with the Naked Hermit Crabs. And she is the OBS lead in the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore effort.
Today we visit a remote corner of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. We go by the back gate to avoid scaring the birds and for a shorter walk to the site.