Electric rays! These cute little fishes were among the finds during the Deep Dredge today! They were last recorded in 1964 and are different from the spotty electric ray that we have seen in shallow water.
Today, Dr Tan Koh Siang, the Expedition Leader joins the Expedition. He was called away and had to miss the first two days. We are sure glad to have him back with us.
beautiful marine life on other artificial structures in Singapore!
basket stars! This time, many of them intact. Wow. We had once thought that these creatures were rare or even no longer found in Singapore waters.
Feather stars are full of commensals, from crabs to brittle stars, worms and shrimps. The dredge also found large sea urchins and even a pretty little Scaly sea star.
Mantis shrimp. It has ridges along the length of the body! Does it make it fast as a Ferrari and allow it to zoom rapidly? Is this a new record for Singapore? So much yet to figure out. Fortunately, Dr Shane Ahyong is with the Expedition to help us out!
ascidians found in the dive and dredge surveys. She kindly shared with me a photo of a strange ascidian that lives in a 'house' with its two little in- and out-current funnels under a 'roof'. When it is alarmed, the animal can retract rapidly and slam shut the 'door'. Wow!
trip I made here in 2009.
Pink-spotted bead anemone which she named after her husband who found it where no anemone researcher would look. Very high up on the shore! We also saw the usual kinds of rocky shore marine life there.
Pulau Semakau in 2011.
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.