Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dredge survey turns up astonishing marine life!

What lives at the bottom on our sea bed? To find out, the Survey dredged right in front of of our container terminals.
Photo by Rene Ong.
An astonishing variety of amazing marine life can be found here! Thanks to photos shared by Rene and Sam on facebook, we have a glimpse of what they found and how a dredge is conducted.

The Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) team conducted a dredge with volunteer support in early June. During the dredge, relatively small samples of the sea bed is taken.
Photo by Rene Ong
Volunteers on the boat work hard to pick out the marine life found in the dredged sample.
Photo by Rene Ong
Sam shares a photo of the many colourful brittle stars found in the dredged sample.
Photo by Sam Yeo
These and as many specimens as possible are quickly preserved on the spot.
Photo by Sam Yeo
More sorting is done back at the TMSI lab on St. John's Island to pick out every tiny creature that lives at the bottom of our waters.
Photo by Rene Ong
Photos are also taken. Here's some of the photos Rene shared of the finds during the dredge. Lots and lots of sea cucumbers!
Photo by Rene Ong
A special kind of sea cucumber!
Photo by Rene Ong
Sea fans with a kind of clam that only grows on sea fans.
Photo by Rene Ong
All kinds of interesting crabs!
Photo by Rene Ong
Everything has to be properly labelled. It's lots of back breaking and careful work. But very satisfying to find out what lives at the bottom of the sea!
Photo by Rene Ong
Check out all the photos shared by Rene (Part 1 and Part 2) and Sam, also on the Mega Marine Survey facebook page.

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