My day started with a glorious sunrise over Cyrene Reef started what turned out to be a very busy day at the Southern Expedition.
|Prof Daphne on Cyrene, an amazing reef|
that lies in the middle of an industrial triangle.
This is NOT a Knobbly sea star. But what is it? Is it the Pentaceraster sea star? That is why the Southern Expedition is so exciting. We often see this sea star but only when the experts are in town can we make some headway identifying this and other mysterious sea creatures. These and all kinds of other animals were displayed for the VIPs today before they were processed for the Expedition.
|From the RMBR facebook page.|
Fan clam to see if there were interesting commensals living inside it. Sometimes, we might find tiny crabs or shrimps in them.
snapping shrimps, gives the Minister a demonstration of the power of these shrimps. By tickling them gently, the shrimps make impressively loud pops.
|Photo by Ivan Kwan.|
Debby Ng of the Hantu Bloggers who tweeted about the dive, we have a glimpse of what happened and what they found. Among the special finds during the dive was a Winged pipefish.
|Photo by Debby Ng.|
|Photo by Debby Ng.|
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.
Volunteer sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for participation.
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.