Nudibranchs galore! That's what I heard when I rejoined the Expedition in the evening.
This tricky slug with rhinophores but no gills is bedevilling our nudibranch enthusiasts.
Debby Ng of the Hantu Bloggers tweeted about the dives at Kusu Island and Pulau Jong. At Kusu Island, they found feather stars, basket stars, slugs and flatworms. At Pulau Jong, they spotted a shark, rays and parrotfish. Among the interesting finds she highlighted was this pretty shrimp found under a large Magnificent anemone.
Pei Yan also tweeted regularly to highlight some of the activity at the sorting station. Today is a public holiday so we had more visitors and volunteers helping out
predawn anemone hunt. Thanks to Yen-ling we had a comfy ride to Seringat-Kias
on the buggy! Predawn
trips are confusing. The work for the day ends at sunrise. So Day 5
of the Expedition barely started when we already finished our field
trip for the day!
what was done to create Seringat-Kias. Marine life has settled in this artificial lagoon!
Prof Daphne wanted to sort out some puzzling sea anemones on this
trip. And we were quite successful in this and in observing a variety of sea anemones.
Batfish was pretending to be a leaf and I simply picked it up.
Terumbu Semakau and some past trips to this beautiful submerged reef.
During the Expedition, I will try to post live updates on twitter as well as to facebook and the Mega Marine Survey facebook page.
These will get less frequent as I start to do field work. I'm not
very good at the smart phone in the field, and also, phone connections
are not always strong enough to post regularly. So also check out
tweets by participants using the hashtag for the Survey #MegaMarine. These are consolidated on the Mega Marine Survey blog.
sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to
limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for
But no worries, you CAN still join the
Survey! Lots of surveys will continue after the Expedition, just at
a less frenzied rate. There will be lots of other opportunities
for volunteers to participate in dredging, field surveys as well as
laboratory sessions. To join the Mega Marine Survey, 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 the
FAQs for more about the Survey.