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Tekukkor intertidal with the “seawall” girls 23 Dec 2011

Posted by cat64fish in Land-lubber stories.

Was out and about with the “seawall” girls from EME Lab. It rained buckets – thank goodness for my Marmot Goretex shell.

While the girls and their “man-slave” were surveying the shore and the seawall, I took the opportunity to look at the Sargassum at the high water line.

The “seawall” girls and their “man-slave” 😛

Almost all the Sargassum here were S. polycystum. Almost all were short, with almost no vesicles. A spiny stem was the defining character for this species locally. I also waded into the water a bit, and even though it was the colour of teh tarik, the Sargassum were easily seen; collecting was a little bit more difficult, but not impossible.

Very short Sargassum polycystum, growing on the rocks at the high water mark. The spines on the stem are thick and obvious in this specimen.

Photography was almost impossible, although I managed to get a few shots in – the glass of the housing was almost constantly wet, and nothing dry to wipe it down with.

Finally finished at 4.45pm, called for the boat (which took 30 mins to get here, because the rain was so bad it was “white-out” almost everywhere). Cold, tired and hungry, I opted to eat a hot and spicy (and unhealthy) plate of Char Kway Teow after dropping the girls off. Yum. At least that will see me through the tedious task of pressing my Sargassum specimens.

All the photos I took can be found in my a Tekukkor set.



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