[update 23 Feb: some links added] Last Sunday (19 Feb 2012) TeamSeagrass went to Pulau Semakau for yet another round of seagrass monitoring! It was my first seagrass monitoring trip for the year, as I missed the one at Chek Jawa in Jan.
There were a number of new faces in the group, but also, rather hearteningly, a fairly large number of young faces. Young being from age 16 to well, all those who are young at heart xD Basically schooling students. And it’s great! Hopefully they’ll stay on and continue volunteering with TeamSeagrass for the many years ahead. Which made me realise, this year would be my 6th year with TeamSeagrass D: Started out in Sec 3 (15 years old) doing a research project in Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), using the data from monitoring the seagrasses at Labrador Nature Reserve’s beach. Scary much, because in school, everything is so ephemeral. Nothing lasts long, you’re never in any organisation for too long. Yet I’ve been with TeamSeagrass for so long! Feel so old xD
Anyways, we were gathered at Marina South pier, and right before we set off, there was a ritual celebration of sorts!
We quickly arrived at Semakau, having taken a faster boat than usual, and were soon bashing our way through the short jungle trek and reaching the shore.
After the quick briefing and introduction to seagrass ID, we were split into our sites and headed off. I was at Site 2 with the other transect leaders Sean Yap and Gladys Chua, and following us were Ong Ruici, Zestin Soh, Sankar and Jose Hong. A pretty youthful bunch! 😀
We always seem to have difficulty located our stakes that mark out the transect, but this time we brought along new stakes to mark the spot! After a while, though the tide wasn’t optimally low (but was the lowest it could get, at 0.5), we started our transect.
After we finished with our monitoring, we had a quick look-see around before heading over to help Siti and her student Dawn with their project on seagrasses.
These anemones are free-living, not attached to the substrate. They can temporarily attach themselves, as seen here, usually during low tide, according to WildSingapore.
After we finished helping with their project, we headed back to the main road for a quick wash before going back to mainland.
In all, it was nice to be out on shore again! Glad the weather held up, with the blazing hot sun and little wind, though towards the end there was more cloud cover.
Looking forward to more TeamSeagrass trips before I go over to the UK for my studies!