Pulau Semakau – holds more than our incinerated trash!

Most Singaporeans, if they do know what P. Semakau is, don’t know that it offers much more than just being a landfill for our trash. There is wildlife to be found there too!

TeamSeagrass was there on 26 Nov, Saturday, to monitor the seagrasses found on the coast. Semakau probably has one of the largest seagrass meadow accessible to the public, especially of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).

Leading a team with mostly new members, Ria conducted a briefing/crash course on the boat ride to Semakau.

Ria giving a crash course on seagrass monitoring!

The "students" paying close attention

Once we reached the seagrass meadow, we quickly got down to business. This is what monitoring is like

Quadrat for monitoring

A 50m-long transect tape is laid down (starting from a stake and after checking bearings),  and every 5m we will lay down a quadrat (the square thing). Then we’ll take some readings from this quadrat. If you’re interested in joining TeamSeagrass in monitoring the health of our country’s seagrasses, check out our blog!

Once we were done with the monitoring, we explored the shores for a bit. Didn’t have much time between the impending rain (we could see it in the distance) and the sun-setting though.

Some kind of cephalopod!

Another little cephalopod

Some kinda sea cucumber?

Favid coral

Blue jorunna sponges

Red swimming crab

Common sea stars mating

Frilly anemone

Upside-down jellyfish

Spotted black flatworm

Fine-lined flatworm??

In the distance, we could see Bukom with the oil refineries. Copious amounts of smoke was rising from one of the buildings..

Smoking Bukom!

All too soon, it started pouring rather heavily (it’s been drizzling on and off for a while), so we took it as a sign that we should start heading back to the jetty. We had to flee from the forest very quickly, attempting to escape the attack of the notoriously vicious Semakau mozzies.

It’s been a great week so far, going out with TeamSeagrass on Thursday and Saturday (: Got to know lots of new people as well! Hope we’ll see more of them in the future trips in 2012 😀

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About Jocelyne Sze

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