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2013 in review 31 Dec 2013

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Tekukkor intertidal with the “seawall” girls 23 Dec 2011

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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.

A short story of Semakau on POSKOD.SG 22 Dec 2011

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Marcus wrote a very interesting article on Semakau on POSKOD.SG.

More information on Semakau can be found here:

TeamSeagrass, who two survey seagrass sites on Semakau.
Blue Water Volunteers, who survey two coral reef sites at Semakau.
WildSingapore has a bunch of stuff on Semakau too!
Project Semakau also has many interesting stories to share.

The Hantu Blogger speaks! 26 Nov 2011

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Debby Ng, the Hantu Blogger, spoke today at the National Geographic Store (Singapore) on her pet topic – diving at Pulau Hantu! The 50-plus crowd were enthralled by the images taken from Singapore’s favourite dive spot, as Debby recalled encounters with nudibranchs, sea stars, turtles, sea snakes and all manner of creatures. One enthusiastic youngster (he must have been about 10) even asked how to get to Hantu on his on!

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The talk was part of a series of talks on Singapore’s marine environment hosted by the National Geographic Store. Next week, Ria will speak about the secret shores of Singapore, and the week after, Siti will talk about the forests of the sea!

Afghan wildlife conservation talk 10 Nov 2011

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Afghan conservation talk

National Geographic Singapore Store – Exhibit and Talks 9 Nov 2011

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I guess it’s never too early to start marketing a talk, especially one that you are presenting! 😀

Debby from Hantu Bloggers wrote one day to say she was in discussion with the Nat Geo Store about a marine exhibit, and several email exchanges later, Nat Geo set up the exhibition.

Hand-in-hand with the exhibition are four talks, the first on Nov 19th, on coral reefs in Singapore, then on the 26th, Debby will be speaking on her favourite island, Pulau Hantu.

Two other talks, not listed on their website yet, are by Ria (Dec 3) and Siti (Dec 10) on Singapore’s wild shores and seagrass, respectively.

This is a chance for you to find out more about our shores and marine environment, and visit the fantastic Nat Geo Store.

See you there!

Passing of Clive Briffett 1 Nov 2011

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Otterman reported that Clive Briffett passed away last Saturday.

I’ve never met the man, but his name is familiar. He worked in Singapore between the 80s and the 90s, was an active member of NSS and wrote many articles about conservation in Singapore:

Environmental assessment in Singapore: an enigma wrapped up in a mystery!

How Well Are Human and Wildlife Sharing ‘Green’ Corridors?

The Birds of Singapore

A guide to the common birds of Singapore

Funny post on common names (for plants and animals) 21 Oct 2011

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This post is hilarious! 😛

Story of Pulau Blakang Mati 30 Sep 2011

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Came across Budak’s interesting writeup of Pulau Blakang Mati, which is now the touristy Sentosa.


The Sea Anemone Lecture 22 Jun 2011

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I attended the talk on sea anemones of Singapore last night, and met Daphne Fautin again 4 years after our first meeting. Like any good taxonomist, she found my face familiar, if not the name!

The leading expert on anemones, she has chased these under-appreciated creatures all over the world, from shallow inter-tidal shores to the depths of the deepest oceans. But never did she expect to find such treasures in our highly modified shores – over 50 different species, some of which she has never seen before! Singapore still has some surprises to throw our way, making it imperative that we renew our efforts to get to know our biodiversity better.

Others would have blogged or Twittered about the talk, so I will not attempt to repeat it here, other than to pen down what I found interesting:

1. The large anemones that are associated to anemonefishes, can live up to 100 or more years! This is based on some historical records, and the fact that anemonefishes can live up to a decade. The successional hierarchy of an anemonefish group (1 dominant female, a smaller adult male, and several “suppressed” juveniles) also indicates a long-lived host.

2. There are 2 times more species of anemones in Singapore than there are in the western North American coast from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canadia .. oops, I mean Canada) down to Santa Barbara (California, USA).

3. Anemone reproduction is not well documented, even for the more common Heteractis magnifica, which are common in the waters in the region, and also in Singapore. It may be worth while to target reefs with a lot of anemones during our coral spawning observations (a lot of assumptions here: that the anemones spawn at the same time, that the spawning is visible, etc).

The talk (and I am sure the workshop preceding it) was inspiring, and hopefully will spur us towards a greater understanding of our flora and fauna.

Sea Anemones of Pulau Hantu
Sea Anemone Workshop 2011
Kok Sheng’s Flickr