Took me a long time to decide whether or not to start this blog. But I decided to, in the end. Hopefully this blog will survive.

So today, I went down to Pulau Semakau with Team Seagrass to… (drumroll please) monitor seagrass!

When we arrived at the Semakau jetty, there were ominous clouds in the distance, where our site was.

ominous looking clouds

But thankfully when we arrived at the shore, after the treacherous journey through the mozzie-infested forest, it was only drizzling. And there was a shore bird right there waiting to welcome us 😛

Some kind of shore bird (sorry not good with birds)

Did site 3, for the first time in the past few years I’ve been going down. It was mostly Tape Seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) covering the area, a vast meadow of it(: Some (not very good) photos of it.

Tape seagrass (submerged)

Not very nice photo of Tape seagrass

Halfway while monitoring, a rainbow appeared in the sky! At first could only see half a rainbow, but slowly, the entire arch of the rainbow showed up 😀

Half a rainbow

whole rainbow part 1

Whole rainbow part 2

Tried to do a panorama shot but failed cos I don’t understand how the camera function works. But it was awesome seeing the rainbow (:

After we finished with our transect, we went to look around the area. Highlight of every seagrass monitoring trip 😀 But we (Nor Aishah and I) didn’t see many animals today.

Common sea star (Archaster typicus)

Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)

Synaptid sea cucumber

Head of the synaptid

Hard coral and fan worm

Top view

Sea anemone (Wiggly star anemone?)

And in the distance, we heard explosions, and saw smoke coming from the live firing islands (I don’t know their names..).

Smoke plumes from a distant island...

Soon after, my camera battery died. And anyway, that was mainly what I saw today at Semakau. Not much, didn’t see Knobbly sea stars like some of the others, nor did I manage to see flatworms, nudibranchs and octopuses, though I tried to look for them.

Sunset was sadly, blocked by those dark clouds. Else it would have been a beautiful sunset.

It’s simply awesome being able to spend time outdoors, surrounded by nothing much that is man-made. And I do wish more people would be able to appreciate our natural heritage, though you can’t always win everyone over to your side. But I believe with the education system we have (and our syllabus), there are so many potential Nature-lovers we could be losing.

On a side note, I’ve been bringing P3 students to Macritchie with Ecolit (short for Ecological Literacy, an enrichment programme in RJC) but more on that another time.

About Jocelyne Sze

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
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