Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kranji (21 May 2011)

Volunteers are back at Kranji for another muddy survey!
Thanks to Rene Ong, we have a glimpse of what they did and found. It sure looks like they had a very fruitful trip!

According to Rene, this area is not as soft of the stretch of Kranji that was surveyed in January.
The volunteers found all kinds of fishes! A small Mangrove whip ray!
Two Estuarine moray eels!
Rene took a great shot of the eel showing its typical tubular nostrils!
A pretty fish with sparkling spots on the sides.
 A tiny fish!
Several Mangrove horseshoe crabs were found! Our shores at Sungei Buloh, Kranji and Mandai seem to be a perfect home for horseshoe crabs.
Many flower crabs were seen, as well as some other kinds of crabs.
 A cute orange hermit crab!
Also several different kinds of shrimps.
 Here's a shrimp with small orange spots.
And another shrimp with big orange spots!
All kinds of clams!
Also some Mangrove anemones (which have yet to be identified!). And many tiny anemones including many stuck to shells!
As usual, there were lots of bristleworms, also some ribbon worms.
The briefing at the end of the trip is where everyone learns more about what was found!
Although I couldn't attend this Survey as I was with TeamSeagrass at Semakau, thanks to Rene Ong's great photos and captions on facebook, I feel as if I was there!

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.

Upcoming trips for the rest of the year have been announced on the mailing list for registered volunteers. 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.

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